Why are the young people leaving the church? Maybe because we are trying to entertain them instead of make them mature Christian adults.
Today, everybody seems to be trying desperately to reach out to young people in the church, even as they increasingly flee from it. This is largely because the church today does not expect what it ought to from children or their parents, and this can be attributed, at least in part, to a flawed concept of youth ministry. This need not, and should not, be so.
Brief but striking, this booklet by Dr. Chris Schlect traces the historical origins of present-day youth ministry and sifts through the people and ideas that contributed to its development. It also provides an honest, biblical starting place for discussing the nature and purpose of youth ministry. Above all, the intent of this booklet is to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.
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What People Are Saying:
"This was a surprising gem. If you take his thesis on generational interaction and run with it, this applies to many, many things more than just youth ministry. Succinct and important." -Christopher
"Takes about 15 minutes to read and it's straight to the point. Fathers and mothers are wholly responsible for bringing up children in godliness. If youth groups act as a surrogate we have gone terribly wrong." -Aaron
Dr. Christopher Schlect, PhD in history, is a fellow of history and director of the graduate program in Classical and Christian Studies at New Saint Andrews College. He has also taught introductory and advanced courses in US history and Ancient Rome at Washington State University. He is the author of The Christian Worldview and Apologetics and an official history of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches. He is also a teaching elder at Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho. He and his wife, Brenda, have five children and one grandchild.
AUTHOR: Christopher Schlect
PAGE COUNT: 28 pages
ISBN 10: 188576703X
PUB. DATE: June 1, 1995
Great (and short) treatment of the problems of youth ministry in the broader church and a great call to action to place the discipleship of children as a duty of parents.
A short but incredibly well-done critique of modern youth ministry and what it is antithetical to biblical views on the church and youth. Highly recommended for all Christians. It was surprising to me just how much Dr. Schlect managed to pack into such a short volume.
The more modern we make youth ministry the less biblical it becomes. This modern critique sounds the alarm for the drifting that has taken place from biblically mandated family discipleship to the more convenient and modern “drop-off” discipleship that the church has allowed for far too long. As a youth pastor who’s been ringing the same alarm it’s good to see others pushing for parents to take charge over the discipleship and godly upbringing of their children.
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