Youth Ministry: Substance Beats Sugarcoating
“Sugarcoated, MTV-style youth ministry is so over. Bible-based worship is packing teens in pews now.” So reads the sub-headline of a recent TIME Magazine article entitled, In Touch With Jesus.
Dr. Albert Mohler has this to say in response to the article:
“Now, that is an astounding approach — maybe these kids are hungry for biblical substance and something more than entertainment and pizza. Well, they probably still want the pizza, but they don’t want to waste their time in useless and superficial youth programs. After all, they are swimming upstream against an adolescent culture. In many cases, they are more seriously-minded than their parents. They have to be, because the stakes are higher.”
The TIME Magazine article references Calvary Baptist Church in Bellflower, California; Shoreline Christian Center in Austin, Texas; and Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland (our big brother’s church).
The article comments on Covenant Life Church: “Similarly, teens at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., are embracing the big doses of Bible study youth pastors now recommend. Teen ranks have tripled, to nearly 600, since the mid-1990s.”
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HT: Agent Tim Online provides some excellent commentary.