Understanding the Culture & Earning the Right to Be Heard

Drew Hill June 6, 2022

When I attended UNC-Chapel Hill as a college student, the legendary Dean Smith was our basketball coach. He’s arguably one of the greatest coaches of all time, in any sport.

This past weekend, I saw a lot of Tar Heel fans sharing a story about Coach Smith on social media. When I watched the video, I immediately thought about Young Life leaders. It’s from an interview with Kenny Smith on the All the Smoke podcast.

You can watch it here on Twitter or on YouTube below (starting at the 34:42 mark.)

What would it look like for Young Life leaders to be that intentional about listening and understanding the culture of the schools we visit? Earning the right to be heard begins by seeking to understand before being understood.

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