Okay, well maybe not everyone agrees about these things, but it seems like we have come to a point in youth ministry that what once was cutting edge thinking is now pretty much standard fare. So, let’s stop trying to convince each other that:
- Youth ministry cannot be a completely separate ministry apart from rest of the congregation with its own logos, worship services, preachers, etc.
- It’s all about relationships, not programs.
- Inter-generational ministry produces mature faith, not locking kids in a room by themselves.
- Parents are not the enemy; they are the primary faith nurturers.
- You can’t do youth ministry alone; you need other adults and parents to help mentor kids in faith.
- Faith is caught more than it is taught.
- We need to move away from making teens consumers of faith to contributors in the faith.
- We can’t be afraid to talk about sex in the church.
- Youth ministers need rest and sabbath.
- Youth ministry as we’ve been doing it doesn’t really work very well.
- What else am I missing? I know there is more.
The above things seem to get rehashed quite a bit. The big question is: how are we going to put the above things into practice?
And, there are still things that we don’t agree on. Perhaps we should spend some more time thinking about those kinds of things. That sounds like another blog post.