Article posted to the Resurgence blog. By Dustin Nickerson
“Does this church even have a youth ministry?”
I hear this question all the time, from Mars Hill members, visitors, and people who have never set foot within our doors. And the short answer to the question is “no.” At least not what most people would consider a youth ministry.
What’s really being asked is “Does this church gather all its teenagers on Wednesday nights, have monthly lock-ins, go on summer mission trips to Mexico, and have attractional, flashy, and really expensive winter and summer retreats?” The answer is a gentle, but emphatic, “no.” Not anymore. Why? Three reasons:
1. Statistically, it isn’t working.
2. Discipleship as seen in Scripture is minimal.
3. The Holy Spirit told us to do otherwise.
READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE ON THE RESURGENCE BLOG.
What do you think about the changing face of youth ministry?
Are you still doing "come and see" / attractional youth ministry, is it working?