In the Mar_Apr issue The Sky Is Not Falling by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones. For years the youth ministry community has been buffeted by charges of “ministry malpractice”—and, for the most part, we’ve let thoe charges get to us. Why are we so quick to embrace a bad prognosis about houth ministry? Finding and facing the answer to that question could change everything for you.
No More SecondHand Faith by Troy Richards. Troy shares how his team moved their teaching strategy from secondhand to firsthand.
Unleashing The Next ‘Greatest Generation’ by Jason Ostrander. The emerging makeup of the Millennial generation offers more promise for Kingdom impact than any generation since the one that fought World War II—but they have not yet decided to go “all in” with Jesus or the church. Why not?
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By Troy Richards
More often than we’d like to admit, our students are learning almost everything they know about the Bible, Jesus, and the gospel through secondhand sources. They need direct experiences with God, but they’re getting filtered rumors of him instead. Here’s how we’ve moved our teaching strategy from secondhand to firsthand.
Most of my ministry pals want to be on the “cutting edge”—blazing trails, multiplying effectiveness, and awakening fresh faithfulness. In the words of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, they want to “skate to where the puck is going to be.”
Youth Ministry Minute
…Not long ago I was at an annual three-day forum for youth ministry professors—I’ve been an interloper at this gathering for 15 years. One night, all 125 of us loaded onto school buses for a cross-town trip to a Bible college campus, where the “entertainment” for the evening was a panel discussion on “incarnational ministry.” The plan was simple…