Category Archives: Youth Ministry
There is a panic in some parts of the church over the mass exodus of young people. 20s and 30s are one of the hottest demographics, and niche market churches are targeting them to bring them back into the flock. Sparing no expense and pulling out all the stops, church plants are springing in every color, shape, form and fashion designed to lure this demographic back into to the kingdom. It has spawned a whole new epoch of churches — house churches, biker churches, churches targeting only men. But maybe the kids have good reason for leaving. Maybe youth ministry as it has been conceived, marketed, packaged, and sold to churches, youth ministers, and DCE’s over the last half century has actually failed them. That is what a new documentary suggests, according to the Christian Post:
A group of pastors and former youth ministry leaders suggest that today’s youth ministries should be disbanded, calling the common practice of separating congregations by age for worship and Bible study “unbiblical.”
The church leaders state their case in the documentary film, “Divided: Is Age-Segregated Ministry Multiplying or Dividing the Church?”
The film is produced by the National Center for Family Integrated Churches in association with LeClerc Brothers Motion Pictures. The producers released the documentary earlier this month online, and have made it available for free until Sept. 15.
Before we pursue every new fad or experimental church method or model, before we throw more programs and gimmicks at our young people, maybe we need to take a long hard look at why they are leaving the church. Read the rest of this entry