I had a brief discussion a while back with another youth minister about where youth ministry is at today – where things are going well and where youth ministry in general could improve. I’m not one to say that youth ministry is a total failure and may not have even been a good idea in the first place, but I have seen some practices that I think are unhealthy habits at best that we need to stop doing or do better. For example… when someone requires a trip to the emergency room EVERY SINGLE TIME you play that game… There is certainly room for improvement.
But this has me thinking… I’ve been in youth ministry since before the Y2K bug failed to hatch. Before that, I read and studied just about everything youth ministry related I could get into my paws for 4 years of college. I live and breathe in the waters of youth ministry, and like a fish doesn’t know it’s wet, maybe my perspective is skewed.
I know some of you who read this blog regularly have a similar place in the world of youth ministry and some do not. Some of you are parents, some are students, some are curious relatives, and some are secret agents of enemy forces keeping tabs on me (ok, maybe not so much of that last one). Your vantage point on youth ministry may reveal something to you that I don’t notice, so I want to know…
What are you seeing in youth ministry?
What needs to be better?
What are the marks that help you recognize a healthy student ministry?
Check out the series of posts that starts with 5 Marks of Youth Ministry That Makes A Difference to see how I’ve previously answered, but feel free to add your own thoughts to the discussion as well!