Young Life

Last Saturday I got up early and drove down to Naperville to speak at a Young Life event. I had prepared myself for a variety of talks since I wasn’t quite sure how Young Life leaders would respond to a 9am session. After listening to the leaders (Bob Davidson and Gail Ebersole)… I adapted a [Read More…]

Youth Ministry and Mentoring: Chris Folmsbee

We want more attention to be given to youth ministry, and so Chris Folmsbee joins us weekly to offer a post. Today’s post is about mentoring. We welcome, as always, your feedback and conversation. This post today deserves responses from pastors and youth workers. Sometimes I wonder how I ever even made it as a [Read More…]

Youth Ministry and Learning the Bible’s Story: Chris Folmsbee

Here is a pressing issue — something Christianity Today recently discussed: the level of familiarity with the Bible’s story. Chris Folmsbee is asking us today to weigh in on what’s going on in our churches and homes. Help us out here … now to Chris. My predecessor at Barefoot left a pile of book proposals [Read More…]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 3 (RJS)

One of the topics Scot has emphasized of late has been the future of our church and the importance of youth ministry – defined to cover anyone from 12 to 30 or so.  We have been discussing an aspect of this issue in the context of campus ministry.  Many students hit the University with a [Read More…]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 2 (RJS)

We started a discussion a while ago on University Ministry  – a discussion I would like to continue today. And I think the initial question to shape thinking is quite simple: What is the purpose or aim of a College or University Ministries? Is the aim discipleship? Evangelism? Both? Something else? Is the aim the [Read More…]

Youth Ministry and Community: Chris Folmsbee

This is the 3d post by Chris Folmsbee, a leader in youth ministry theology. It wasn’t until I was nearly half a dozen years into vocational youth ministry that I began to discover that I couldn’t will a sense of community.  As hard as I worked to create an environment of invitation, generosity, hope, love, [Read More…]

Education, Discipleship, and the Future 1 (RJS)

Scot has been presenting a series of related posts pondering the future of evangelicalism and the importance of youth ministry – something that may cover anyone from 12 to 30 or so these days.  There are many aspects to this problem – and different folks will have different issues and priorities – but I would [Read More…]

Youth and Evangelism (Chris Folmsbee)

Chris Folmsbee has already offered us two posts about youth ministry, and this is his third. Along with Marko’s new book we have two posts today about youth work. This post about evangelism is very important to me. I’m working right now on an evangelistic book for young adults. Chris: Over the last couple of [Read More…]

Youth Ministry 3.0 (3)

So, what can we do? Marko, in his new book, Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go , has a bundle of suggestions and I want to discuss a few of them today. What do you think? Are any of you in YM 3.0? [Read More…]

Youth Ministry 3.0 (2)

We need to develop an ongoing conversation about youth ministry. Marko’s book provides for us a virtual history of youth ministry in the last 50+ years and does so clearly and simply. We need this book. (By the way, “Marko” on the cover is a mock cover I found online.) As you read this post, [Read More…]