Last week a friend posted a link to an article from Charisma magazine that was making the rounds in our youth ministry world. My friend wrote this: “Have you seen this? I would love your thoughts. This study has been emailed to me by 2 pastors in the past two weeks. This study is by the same group that did Divided the movie. I agree that Youth Ministry has been factor in this problem but I don’t know the best way to respond to those that are putting this study on my desk.”
- The Scriptures are clear: parents are primarily responsible for the spiritual nurture of their children.
- The youth group, Sunday School, youth pastor, youth workers, teachers, and congregation are to offer deliberate secondary spiritual guidance and nurture in support of parents.
- Youth ministries that establish separate youth worship services at times when the “big people” are in “big people church” are nurturing kids into a needs-based understanding of worship and the Christian faith. Not only that, but they are dividing up the body of Christ. Children, teenagers, young adults, parents, middle-aged adults, senior citizens. . . all of them need to be worshiping together to experience the full breadth and depth of the body of Christ and to exercise and benefit from the giftedness of all.
- Youth workers should be recruiting and equipping an army of adults to love, relate to, and mentor kids.
- The church and youth group cannot ignore the growing number of young people who are growing up without a parent or parents in the home, and the growing number of kids whose search for redemption in the absence of home-based spiritual nurture lead them to the church and youth group.