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WHI-1100 | Reforming Youth Ministry, Part 1

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Something is wrong youth ministry today. Visit a typical youth program at a typical evangelical church and you're likely to witness a lot of fun and entertaining activity, yet most Christian teens remain biblically and theologically ignorant, and statistics show that the majority of them will abandon church after high school. On this program, Michael Horton discusses many of the issues and problems related to contemporary views of youth ministry with special guest Brian Cosby, author of Giving up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture.



Zac Hicks

[audio:http://www.whitehorseinn.org/whiarchives/2012whi1100may06.mp3|titles=WHI 1100|artists=White Horse Inn]


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  • Guest - Mark Vander Pol

    Wayde -

    What sources are you referring to?

    Mark VP
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  • Guest - Kristy

    It is a miraculous wonder that I didn't leave the church completely. I had never heard of apologetics, reformed theology, justification, etc... until I was in my late 20's. I grew up in a very small country church. I learned much about love & serving others but nothing about sound theology or doctrine. I don't completely fault my home church because I doubt the majority of the adults in the church had ever heard any of those topics. Most of the elders probably didn't even have a high school degree. They taught us what they knew, the love of God. However, when I went off to college, I didn't have the solid foundation that I should have. I was...still am...very drawn to New Age/The Occult. It was only for the Grace of God that I didn't end up in some weird cult. I feel like I am now having to play catch up.

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  • Guest - Kristy

    Comments like "they won't understand," "they'll shut off," "they won't remember this stuff" make me SO angry. It really irritates me to think how they underestimate these kids. If you don't expect much out of kids, you won't get much. Expect the most from kids & most of them will strive to prove themselves to you & the ones who don't will catch a couple of nuggets that may return later in life. If you expect someone to fail, they will be less likely to give it their all. If you are there as a support & encourager, they will thrive & even surprise you down the line.

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  • Guest - Mary S

    Coming late to really beginning to grasp the essentials that are so foundational, justification, imputation, the essence of the Gospel, I am so thankful for WHI and the recovery of those basics that we grow on. Within my own family (I am now a grandmother many times over) I see such a foundation built on MTD. It has such sad results. But thanks to God the Gospel of His great grace never runs dry. Without the foundational doctrines in place it doesn't matter the age. Our theology will be skewed. If the parents or grandparents don't understand, they have nothing else BUT MTD to offer.

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  • [...] a recent interview on the White Horse Inn, Michael Horton interviewed Brian Cosby (5/4/2012), author of the book Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an [...]

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  • Guest - Tracy

    I so agree with you Kristy. In the last couple of years some of our high schoolers have learned churchy words like justification, sanctification, the doctrines of the royal priesthood and of vocation, the hypostatic union, orthodoxy, heresy and apostasy, essentials/non-essentials of faith, or know how to answer what is the emergent church, post modernism, relativism, contemplative prayer, or why Allah is not the God of the Bible. They may not like my two, three, four pages of typed lesson notes and Bible reference hand-outs from each class (they're too polite to say) but I think I can sense that they at least try to take the topics seriously as they see that I take them seriously.

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  • Guest - Josh

    It isn't only youth ministers that get sick of the gimmicks, I could hardly find the effort to go to youth group my senior year. Even though my ministry DID teach the gospel I got sick of hearing the same sermons. I grew a lot my freshmen and sophomore year but after that I wasn't receiving the right level of teaching and had "outgrown" my youth group. It doesn't surprise me that by the time kids like me get to college that they leave the church. Either they too grew out of their ministry long before graduation or simply chose the antics of college over campus ministry and church.

    By the way, I have just finished my freshman year of college and still go to church regularly and these statistics do have faces...

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  • [...] recommended this excellent book to me recently.  They had interviewed the author on his radio show The White Horse Inn. For the Lutheran reader you might have to do some Reformed to Lutheran translation work, but the [...]

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