Thursday, July 08, 2010

    The Future of Youth Ministry?

    How do you imagine youth ministry in the coming years of the 21st century?

    Sally over at the blog RevGalBlogPals recently posted on developments at the British Methodist Annual Conference and an inspired address by their new vice-president, Enuice Attwood, imagining the Church of the near future she would like to see:

    I want to be part of a church that throws parties for prostitutes -
    A church that welcomes those who seek asylum,
    A church that longs and yearns for justice,
    A church that listens to those no-one else wants to listen to. I want to be part of a church that believes in transformation not preservation - A church where all who are lost can be found,
    A church where people can discover friendship,
    A church where every person takes responsibility in sharing the good news.
    You can read Attwood's complete reflection here.  Sally has invited the RevGalBlogPals to respond with the five things they would like to see as part of the Church of the future. Their responses, linked in the comments section, are an inspiring read.  

    So, what about the slice of the church we call youth ministry? What kind of youth ministry do you want to be part of in the coming future?    My list is below:

    • I want to be part of a youth ministry that sees mission not as something it does but something it is. 
    • A youth ministry that gives to the world more than it keeps for itself.
    • A youth ministry that welcomes, affirms, and loves gay and lesbian youth.
    • A youth ministry that allows youth to ask lots of questions (without giving them "the one right answer.")
    • A youth ministry that lives Christ's radical way in the face of racism, sexism, violence, and indifference.  



    Charles said...

    I might agree, but it depends on what you mean by "affirms gay and lesbian youth".