Saturday, October 3, 2009

Intergenerational Youth Ministry

I was reading this pastors blog and stumble across an article in which Marshall Shelley and Brandon O'Brien, interviewed the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and a former youth pastor, Dr. Kara Powell. The article was written under the title Is the Era of Age Segregation Over?

I'm glad to see that people are beginning to see a problem with the way we do church, especially the way we view and organize "youth ministry." However there is a difference of presupposition that Shelley, O'Brien, and Powell are missing. Voddie Baucham points out something really interesting in his blog post titled Fuller Youth Institute: Right Questions... Wrong Presuppositions .
He says this...

Missing this question actually points to the larger
presuppositional differencebetween a study like
this and the reformation God's Spirit is working
in churches around the nation. Instead of a concern
for a biblical pattern of ministry, the basis of the study
seems to have grown from a sociological and
psychological concern. This certainly seems to be
the case for many churches as well.
In so many ways, our church culture believes
it has more relevant messages and methods than Scripture.
Friends, we couldn't be more wrong.
Our enslavement to novelty is nothing short of idolatry.

We cannot pattern out ministry after sociological and psychological concerns. Is that the pattern our church was built on. I think we all should take a closer look at what Scripture is telling us how to do church. It is important as pastors, elders, deacons, teachers, and church attenders to understand the Biblical approach in how we are to not only worship God but how to disciple and evangelize to this generation and those to come.

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