31 January 2007 ~ 4 Comments

Our modern fascination with the professionalization of youth ministry may have kept us blissfully ignorant of our growing proficiency at rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Mark DeVries, Family Based Youth Ministry, 2004 edition.

Competent Leadership is a component of Youth Ministry Strength according to the Exemplary Youth Ministry Study. The description of that part says that the youth leader “reflects superior theological, theoretical, and practical knowledge and skill in leadership.”

For any of us who are wondering if what we do makes any difference at all, then a part of competent leadership is to say, “We need to make significant changes, and soon.” I know that for in the thinking, reading, praying about the changes that need to be made here in Russellville, Arkansas, the first step is to acknowledge that ministry as usual cannot continue, and expect life change. The students are different, the parents are different, and certainly, I am different. The old ways will not work, and we have to confess, probably did not work as well as we had hoped. It is time to bring the family back into our ministries.

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