Pursuing The Next Generation

Pursuing The Next Generation

With all of my heart, I think that the gospel of Jesus Christ is always good news. I also believe with all my heart that at different times and in different cultures what is seen as good news is much different than what the generation or people before them saw. And it just so happens that we are living right in the middle of this cultural change. Thinking back to how my parents’ generation would answer this question, the good news of the gospel was that Jesus Christ died for their sin. Sin... Read More
An Easy Way to Score Huge Points with Parents!

An Easy Way to Score Huge Points with Parents!

by Benjamin Kerns I started youth ministry back when mailing flyers with clip art out of a book was the best and most effective way to communicate with parents. As I grew in skills, I began to make calendars on Microsoft Publisher, and would occasionally send out letters to parents to promote special events like a trip to Mexico or a parent meeting.  Because this was the time that formed my communication worldview, I came late to embracing all the technology available to me to communicate to... Read More
What Happens when Parents and Kids see Youth Group as Simply an Elective?

What Happens when Parents and Kids see Youth Group as Simply an Elective?

For the past few years, it has been obvious that the culture in which we do ministry has fundamentally changed. I know that pop culture continues to devolve into twerkfests on MTV, but that is nothing new. What I am seeing that is new, is that the Christian adults within this culture have a totally different worldview and values than those Christians that have gone before them. There was this time in youth ministry’s heyday where a youth group was made up of the kids of that particular church... Read More