“Modern Youth Ministry, a 50-Year Failed Experiment”
This was the title of an article, written a few years ago, that both critiqued the effectiveness of youth ministry and questioned the biblical mandate for it. Much has been said in recent years of modern youth ministry and some have argued that it has created more harm than good. Now, while the subject is far beyond the scope of this blog, I do think that some things can be said to bring some balance to the conversation.
- Have there been some poor practices in youth ministry over the years?
- Is there a stigma of youth pastors being nothing more than glorified babysitters and trip advisers?
- Are youth pastors known more for their high energy than their theological acumen?
In most cases, I would say, yes. But the solution is not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Continue Reading…