What will Student Ministry look like in an increasingly post-Christian world?

March 6, 2012     Josh Read    

Post Christian

One of my favorite bloggers, and someone I consider a good friend, and a regular contributor to Youthmin.org, is doing something exciting this coming fall. I’m talking about Ben Kerns and an event he and a few others are putting together for Bay Area Youth Workers to get together and dialogue about what Student Ministry will look like as the culture arounds us continues to become more and more post-Christian.

You can read all about the event by clicking over to his blog, Average Youth Ministry , but what I love is the two questions Ben asks in his announcement post. Whether or not your specific context has shifted to post-christian yet or not, I think these two questions are key and crucial for us, as Pastors to Youth, to be able to answer.

The questions he asks are these:

1) What is the crisis in these students lives that the gospel solves? In general, for our parents, the crisis was one of rebellion and the solution was justification. Our crisis is one of brokenness and the solution is redemption. For our students???

2) How do we structure a program within the church that meets the real needs of students and satisfies the expectations of our church leadership?

So how would you answer these two questions? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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0 thoughts on “What will Student Ministry look like in an increasingly post-Christian world?”

  1. Ben Read

    That second question is such a struggle. I think Youth Pastors need more Audacity to be the Leaders God has called us to be and to communicate the way to effectiveness to Church Leadership that may not understand. Too often, its too easy to just cower low and hide behind the way its always been done rather than face conflict.

  2. Ben Read

    That second question is such a struggle. I think Youth Pastors need more Audacity to be the Leaders God has called us to be and to communicate the way to effectiveness to Church Leadership that may not understand. Too often, its too easy to just cower low and hide behind the way its always been done rather than face conflict.

  3. kolby milton

    I think that the best solution is to look at the world.  We have been in a post-Christian culture for over 20 years.  The mission field isn’t somewhere else, it is right next door.  I think that churches need to adjust mission funds to reach people who are within a mile radius.  

    In the city I live in 35 – 18 year olds are 5% evangelical.  Staggering!  We need to be more about mission, and send students as missionaries, not just inviters to a program.  

  4. kolby milton

    I think that the best solution is to look at the world.  We have been in a post-Christian culture for over 20 years.  The mission field isn’t somewhere else, it is right next door.  I think that churches need to adjust mission funds to reach people who are within a mile radius.  

    In the city I live in 35 – 18 year olds are 5% evangelical.  Staggering!  We need to be more about mission, and send students as missionaries, not just inviters to a program.  

  5. Joshua Fuentes

    I believe one of the major crisis our students face is how they can transition from being a teenager to an adult. I believe the Gospel can solve this problem if churches are willing to take up the cause. This works into structuring because of extended adolescents, youth ministers are going to need to expand their ministries from just focusing on junior and senior high, and include college students as well.This may add to our work, but it gives us more time with our students, which I believe, will have a lasting impact on their lives.

  6. Joshua Fuentes

    I believe one of the major crisis our students face is how they can transition from being a teenager to an adult. I believe the Gospel can solve this problem if churches are willing to take up the cause. This works into structuring because of extended adolescents, youth ministers are going to need to expand their ministries from just focusing on junior and senior high, and include college students as well.This may add to our work, but it gives us more time with our students, which I believe, will have a lasting impact on their lives.

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