I had the great privilege of teaching adult ed. at a large church in the south metro (Twin Cities) this semester. On the last Sunday of the series, I spoke from the heart. Here’s a chunk of my heart for youth ministry:
1. Church should be cool. It should be fun to come here. You should have a great youth ministry space (they do, actually), loaded to the gills with lights and guitars and games and a sound system. Spend your money here. It will pay dividends to the whole church.
2. But it can’t be all toys and pizza and craziness. You gotta deliver content as well.
It has to be both. How many times have I heard adult Christians all over the country complain that there is no substance in their church’s youth ministry? 4,293. Approximately.
Yet, don’t knock the fun stuff, if you want kids to show up at all. What’s better–50 kids in the building, off the streets, having fun, with a chance to grow? Or seven nerds going “deep” with the Lord?
And if we find creative ways to deliver content and engage kids with the gospel of Jesus, maybe they won’t check out so fast when they leave high school. Maybe when they’re 19 they’ll swing by a college campus ministry such as the one I work for.
Myself–I look UP to youth pastors! They are amazing. I love them. I couldn’t do what they do. But mostly, the quality of youth ministry at your church and mine is up to us church leaders. WE are the ones who can “set up” the youth ministry. . . or set it down.
My question to you: How’s youth ministry going at your church? Is it fun? Spiritually meaningful?
a few good ideas are here: http://www.ehow.com/list_6156169_church-youth-room-decorating-ideas.html