>Accurate Appraisal of Youth "Ministry"

>One of the presenters at the conference I attended this weekend was Alvin Reid. New to me, alas. I picked up a copy of his book, “Raising the Bar – Ministry to Youth in the New Millennium” (Kregel Academic, 2004) and am nodding and praying in agreement with what I’ve read.

Josh McDowell wrote in the foreward, “Inside the church, well-meaning youth pastors and youth ministries have developed, sometimes with the unintentional consequences of separating families; encouraging adolescent rather than mature behavior; and – perhaps most significantly – failing to challenge teens, who are at their greatest-ever potential for learning.”
Reid writes, “It’s time to jettison our recreational Christianity for the radical New Testament kind.” I’ve not seen that term, “recreational Christianity,” but it is a sadly apropos term.
I look forward to reading the rest of the book, and will share more later.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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