Wednesday, January 09, 2008

    Crazy Talk?

    Ever read one of those blogs where you disagree theologically with much of what you find...until you come across one blog entry that you could have written yourself? I had just such an experience when I came across this post at the blog True Discernment. The post is provocatively entitled "Don't Give Spiritual Custody of Your Kids to the Church." What do you think?

    3 comments:

    Nigel said...

    The post makes sense. The stats tell us that youth ministry isn't really doing much beyond High School and it is, in my opinion, the most serious issue facing youth pastors today. Is there a place for youth pastors or are we wheels in a broken machine?

    I like to be more optimistic and say that, with hard and honest looks at our ministries, we could single out some things that just aren't necessary. Our concepts of youth ministry may go from all nighters, gross-out games, bible studies, and summer camps to (simply put)radical living.

    Thurberdog said...

    So, should churches start offering education to parents not focused on furthering their own spiritual growth, but on how to best further that of their children (rather than leaving that to Sunday School teachers and youth pastors?) And perhaps those two goals aren't mutually exclusive -- that is, that their growth is achieved in part by a focus on their children's developing spirituality.

    Brian said...

    Nigel,
    I think paring down our ministries with youth to the essentials might be the ticket. We've clouded our time with them with so much noise and activity that many youth probably have no idea why they youth ministry exists in the first place. I like the term "radical living." Now, how do we get them to that point?

    Thurberdog - Spoken like a true Sunday School teacher. I think the issue here is that many parents neglect their own spiritual growth, and leave the teaching of faith to surrogates. What we need to do is empower parents to be the #1 spiritual mentor to their children, and then Sunday school school teacher, youth ministers, pastors serve to support the parents.