As a former youth pastor who still works with an age-segregated ministry here at Precept (Transform Student Ministries), I’ve been asking some questions for years and wondering how the youth ministry model we currently use can strengthen families rather than serve as a crutch for them. As a youth pastor, I once asked a group of parents how many of them saw their children as disciples. Not a single parent indicated that the thought had ever occurred to them, and most sat there with their jaws open in shock. One thing’s for sure, no matter how you feel about age segregated ministries, the ultimate responsibility for the discipleship of our children falls on us, the parents!

The following paragraph is a suggested blog from a website you may want to take a look at, especially for those of you involved in youth ministry or simply concerned with the discipleship of your own children. Check it out, and let us know what you think! Please note that this does not constitute an endorsement, but the content is provocative and is worthy of a look no matter how you feel about the conclusion!

As you look on the church landscape, youth are leaving the faith in droves. The modern church, overall, is struggling to reach the next generation with the gospel. What has happened? Whether for good or bad, men, for many years, have been inventing solutions or brainstorming ideas without fully relying upon the foundation of God’s Word. God, however, is greater than man, and as the heavens are above the earth, so are His ways higher than ours and His thoughts than our thoughts (Is. 55:8-9). We have substituted the greater for the lesser – God’s wisdom for man’s ideas. Jesus said that he who hears His Word and does it, is like a man that built his house upon a rock, and when the storm came, it stood firm. On the other hand, he who rejects His Word, is like a man who built on the sand and when the storm came, the house fell (Matt. 7:24-25). Shouldn’t the church, as a whole, abandon the sandy ideas of man and shamelessly return to the firm rock of the Word of God? God’s Word sufficiently identifies how youth are to be reached. For more information on this issue, please see the film Divided, which is a documentary on age-segregated youth ministry in America. Watch it for free (for a limited time) at www.dividedthemovie.com. For an in-depth study, the book A Weed in the Church delves into the topic and more thoroughly handles the Scripture passages that address ministry to young people. For other details or to help spread the message, visit www.dividedthemovie.com.

Ritchie Johnson
Director, Transform Student Ministries

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