It seems about this time every year, I begin to see a lot of blog posts about how Youth Ministry is killing the church, how Youth Ministry is fundamentally flawed, and how students are leaving the church in record numbers. Youth Ministry is always the scapegoat in this conversation, the sacrificial lamb to blame for all of the woes plaguing the church.
I will be frank and tell you that this trend of blaming Youth Ministry for the mass exodus of young people from the faith is honking me off…
Read the full article and weigh in on the discussion here – http://www.youthmin.org/is-youth-ministry-killing-the-church/
Dear Church Leaders,
Let me start by saying that I am honored to serve in the Kingdom with you. You have been called by God, appointed, and affirmed by our congregation to lead and govern us as a Body. You bear a heavy burden, and I am thankful for your leadership, your devotion to our Lord and His church, and I write this letter with a submissive heart. As a co-laborer in Christ, I’d like to share some things from my heart that may encourage and challenge you. I hope this can open the door to more collaboration in the future.
Read the full article at http://youthmin.org/an-open-letter-to-church-leaders/
How is your youth ministry challenging your students and equipping them for life after youth group? What are you doing to show your students the Kingdom of God outside the walls of your church building? Read the full post at http://youthmin.org/avoiding-the-holy-huddle-challenging-students-beyond-the-church-walls/
In this challenging post, Keith addresses the parents of students in his ministry. Parents are called to be the spiritual leaders, and youth group cannot carry that burden alone. Read the full post at http://youthmin.org/an-open-letter-to-parents/
What would you say to a student who is searching for acceptance in all the wrong places? In this post, Keith shares an open letter to students in his youth ministry who seem to be searching for acceptance from the world while missing their identity in Christ. Read the full article at http://youthmin.org/an-open-letter-to-students-on-identity/
Check out part 5 of the Planning a Mission Trip series – Making the Most of Every Opportunity. Read the full article at http://www.youthmin.org/planning-a-mission-trip-making-the-most-of-every-opportunity/
Check out Part 4 in our series on Planning a Mission Trip. Don’t let the small details get you down – plan ahead and see these important tips. Read at http://www.youthmin.org/planning-a-mission-trip-devils-in-the-details/