Published on January 14, 2009
Redefining Youth Ministry : Redefining Youth Ministry Youth Ministry History : Youth Ministry History Youth ministry begins as social service Becomes outreach to the unchurched Churches adopt parachurch models and hire “professional” youth ministry workers Youth workers struggling to remain effective 1780’s 1940’s 1960/70’s Today Societal Changes : Societal Changes Family 1 income w/stay at home mom Working parents w/dual income Cost is on the Kids Societal Changes : Societal Changes Technology Few TV channels Hundreds of channels/ Internet access Pandora’s Box is open Adolescent Development : Adolescent Development Adolescence begins in biology and ends in culture Before 1900 those two were the same In 1904 G. Stanley Hall coined the term “adolescent” as a distinct developmental stage Adolescent Development : Adolescent Development Adolescence is the journey from childhood to adult hood where three essential questions are being answered Identity (who am I?) Autonomy (do I matter?) Belonging (do I fit?) We have seen a lengthening of adolescence in the last century Adolescent DevelopmentEarly 1900’s : Adolescent DevelopmentEarly 1900’s 14 16 Adolescent Development1970 : Adolescent Development1970 13 18 Adolescent DevelopmentPresent : Adolescent DevelopmentPresent 12 Mid – late 20’s Postmodern/Post Christian : Postmodern/Post Christian No longer have absolute truth Individualism/no cause greater than self Skeptical by nature God systematically removed Youthfulness is worshipped Image driven Instant gratification Youth sports exists for success Without Boundaries Adult focused Postmodern/Post Christian : Postmodern/Post Christian No longer have absolute truth Individualism/no cause greater than self Skeptical by nature God systematically removed Youthfulness is worshipped Image driven Instant gratification Youth sports exists for success Without Boundaries Adult focused – abandoned youth Abandoned : Abandoned “I really enjoy you coming and visiting no matter how often you get to come in. I don’t get visits any more because my family says it’s a waste of time considering my behaviors” – Teen in Juvenile Detention Abandoned : Abandoned “They’re given a lot of what we call guilt money. ‘Here’s the credit card. Why don’t you go online and buy something because I can't spend time with you?’” – Teen Market Researcher Abandoned : Abandoned “Oh no! I forgot to wake my mom up.” – 1st Grade student at Talent Elementary, in response to teacher’s question asking where mom was on a day she was supposed to work in the classroom Adolescent Needs/Desires : Adolescent Needs/Desires Authentic Relationship Authentic Person Authentic Message Adolescent Needs/Desires : Adolescent Needs/Desires Authentic Relationship Time investment Christ centered Holistic Adolescent Needs/Desires : Adolescent Needs/Desires Authentic Person Relationship w/Christ (Seen) Servant heart (Felt) Person of integrity (Tested) Adolescent Needs/Desires : Adolescent Needs/Desires Authentic Message Shared with love (Their Story) Sharing personal story of redemption ( My Story) Biblically sound (God’s Story) Questions/comments : Questions/comments Where do we go from here? : Where do we go from here? Move away from a One Eared Mickey Mouse Where do we go from here? : Where do we go from here? Move away from a One Eared Mickey Mouse Youth ministry as part of the church body Our Goal : Our Goal The goal of youth ministry is: To make disciples (in process/sanctification) Who are authentically walking with Christ (developmentally appropriate) In the context of Christian community (functioning within the missional body/local church) How to Accomplish the Goal : Entry Level Safe atmosphere to explore a relationship w/JC Community building/discipleship (teaching, leading, discipling) Intimate relationship w/peers in Christ (w/adult leader as guide) Community Assimilation (at least 1 adult intentionally assisting the assimilation process) Outreach How to Accomplish the Goal What are you going to do now? : What are you going to do now? Principles to Grasp : Principles to Grasp Youth Ministry is all-church ministry Community is redefined by church culture Reclaim everyone’s responsibility for discipleship Shared Parenting With-ness: The Ministry of Presence Church Acceptance & Integration of Young People Loving until it is felt Understand our Role in Young People’s Lives Principles to grasp : Principles to grasp Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV) 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.