Tag Archive | Youth Groups

Youth-Leader-as-Savior

Mike Yaconelli as quoted by Voddie Baucham in the his book Family Driven Faith.

The youth-leader-as-savior approach, extrapolated from parachurch ministries like Young Life and Youth For Christ has generally been destructive for all concerned. Alone and segregated from the church community, youth ministers are soon exhausted. … teenagers often accept the youth minister as their personal savior but are rarely able to transfer their devotion to Jesus Christ.

For a good explanation of this read beyondbluestockings comment on this post Who’s pastoring the youth pastors?



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Youth Pastors

Defending. Contending.‘s The Pilgrim has a post about youth pastors.

Who’s pastoring the youth pastors?

Besides the idea and concept of a “youth pastor” being completely absent from the Scriptures, and besides the fact that too often the “youth pastor” has never raised kids of his own, knows too little about theology and too much about MTV, and in spite of the incredible failure rate of “youth pastors” (the false conversion rate abounds), it still seems that “youth pastors” are all the rage in Laodicea.


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Do You Know What Your Teens are Reading?

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers  

Guarding the Hearts of Our Daughters

Sisters in Christ, I call upon you to help me guard the hearts and minds of our daughters. I know they will be entering the world soon enough, faced with such dangers on their own. Help me equip them to avoid these temptations rather than give in to them, though! I encourage you to stand up and set a good example for all of the daughters in God’s kingdom. Go before them, shining the Light of Jesus in their path, leading them in ways which are pleasing in His sight.

Let’s talk vampires…

If you have an older tween or a teen daughter in your home, chances are you’ve heard the word “Twilight” come up in conversation. Or maybe not, but be assured it’s probably on your daughter’s radar. Twilight the movie, is based on the best-selling book series by the same name and will release in theaters on November 21st, so I thought it might be a good idea to talk about it.

 

TTYL (Talk to You Later) by Lauren Myracle

Is TTYL on your school library book shelves?

ttyl is a novel written in IM speak which consists of excerpts from the lives of three sophomore girls who are trying to hold onto their friendship while navigating high school. The most offensive conversations in the book have to do with a whole lot of talk about sex (of course), being seduced by a teacher who calls himself a Christian, teens getting drunk, lots of cussing and crass conversation, gossip, back stabbing, and poor family relationships The girls’ are short on character, a danger to themselves and each other and their relationships are shallow and sad.

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Judgment Houses

Here is one thought about why Judgment houses do not work. Maybe it will get you thinking about the question “Do Halloween “judgment houses” win many people to Christ?”

‘Judgment house’ evangelism

Do Halloween “judgment houses” win many people to Christ? I’d like to offer seven reasons why I think they don’t.

1) “Judgment houses” aren’t scary enough. To speak of hell, Jesus used the image of a garbage dump overrun with worms, a place where babies were once sacrificed to demons (Mark 9:43-48). Teenagers in plastic devil masks and Styrofoam pitchforks usually don’t convey what it means to “fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).


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WOTMR – Youth Groups

The Way of the Master Radio program has been discussing youth groups and the leaving of our youth from the church. In the years I have been observing churches, I have noticed that once a youth graduates from High School they also graduate from church. I have tried to discuss it with others but either they deny the problem or just attribute it to college and work.

In my experience, most of the youth in a youth group are not saved, even if they think they are. Once they are not in need of the excuse of the youth group to be away from home, they don’t attend. When free of the little accountability in a family that exists today, they are free to meet with whom they wish and do what they wish to do. If the youth were truly saved they would come for Bible Studies, even without the rock music, pizza, parties and games that everyone feels is necessary to get youth to church today.

The clip about Sunday School is very accurate. Our church has even had non-members teach Sunday School Classes for children. Anyone who will volunteer to teach can. Then the children get the same lessons repeatedly (Lifeway curriculum!), but with no depth. Our children do very little with the childrens programs and normally only when a parent can be directly with them. The cleaning up of false teaching is much harder than teaching it correctly the first time. Our children are homeschooled and we make a point of being directly with them at any outside activities. We have been able to spot directly where false instruction has come from – often from the church itself. 🙁



For more videos about youth groups see:

Youth Groups Are A Joke


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