i received an interesting question in a comment:
I’m a senior pastor of a church and have a youth worker question I’d like some advice on – was wondering if you get questions about it ever? Thought you could post for response???? My youth workers are text message addicts and they are on their phones constantly with kids. I am realizing that the kids are text messaging them at 12, 1, 2 in the morning. Parents are complaining. What kind of limits do other churches place on this – how do you define “crisis”? How do you tell a youth that it can wait until tomorrow? I don’t want my youth workers modeling being up that late, but don’t know how to change this culture.
i have a couple thoughts – mainly that youth workers, for their own health, and for the health (i’m not only talking about physical health, of course) – should have boundaries. texting kids at 1 and 2 in the morning should surely not be normative, especially if parents are complaining!
but, i’d be very interested in hearing the wisdom of the youth worker collective. thoughts?