“Imagine you are teaching the Bible to a group of young teenagers. Most of them are not taking a bit of notice. You have worked hard to be both true to the text and relevant to the youngsters. But they are just flicking bits of paper at each other. It might be tempting to play some games to show that Christians can have fun too or to sing more songs so they will encounter God in the music. It is moments like these that we need to hold on to the conviction that God is known and God works through the words of Jesus. Christian ministry must be gospel-centered.” Total Church pg 24

Gospel Youth Ministry

Josh Cousineau

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  1. I couldn’t agree more with that. I’ve now see ‘youth groups’ that are more about fun and games then seeking Christ. Makes me sad because they are not looking to Christ at all…..only to the next fun ‘thing’ they can do. But then, that is only my view from an outsiders point not being involved.

    • I can see how someone on the outside looking in might see it that way, but youth ministries don’t play games in order to entice “church kids” to come.
      Youth ministry is meant to be disciple-making ministry. If church kids need to be enticed to go to youth group, then both they and their parents have the wrong idea of the ministry.
      Youth ministry is meant to be peer-to-peer. In other words, the ministry provdes an atomosphere for the kids to invite and evangelize their non-beleiveing friends. In order for that to happen (especially in this society) it must be about relationships first; not a youth pastor or youth leader dispensing knowledge like a college lecture. But rather peers (with mentors) coming alongside the unregenerate, welcoming them and modeling a relationship with Christ, bringing them to a point of decision and then discipling them to a fuller walk with Christ.
      Interestingly the church kids who see it through that paradigm are TRULY “seeking Christ” as you say. They have a mentality that says “it’s not about me.”
      Good yout ministries don’t just build, build, build, the same kids. Their goal is to WIN students to Christ, BUILD them up in Christ, and EQIP them to reach others for Christ and the win, build, equip, cycle repeats.
      But they’ll never effectively reach this generation with no opportunity to build relationship.

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