The Prosperity Gospel and Youth Ministry

October 29, 2012    
Keith Parker    

If you’ve been around Christianity for any amount of time, you have no doubt been exposed to the Prosperity Gospel.  This “health and wealth” version of the Word of God started as a movement around 1940, and has taken various forms and nuances ever since.  In short, this “gospel” says that God wants all devoted Christians to have spiritual, financial, and physical blessings, and that He works to that end for all…    read more 

Make the Most of Every Opportunity

October 3, 2012    
Keith Parker    

Ephesians 5:16 is one of my favorite life verses, as it reminds us to “make the most of every opportunity.”  What a great reminder to always be vigilant with our time and our efforts for the Kingdom. But I think there is great wisdom to glean from this verse in terms of our Youth Ministries as well.  We all know the scariest truth about Youth Ministry – that we, at the absolute…    read more 

The Myth That Can Kill Your Ministry

September 25, 2012    
Keith Parker    

There is an epidemic in Youth Ministry that needs to be addressed.  A myth exists that is misleading and undermining potential Youth Leaders in our churches and Bible colleges.  I’ve witnessed it firsthand as I’ve seen fellow Youth Ministers move from one church to another before the paint even dried in their new home.  I’ve heard it in the voices of potential interns from our colleges.  And, from time to time, I’ve…    read more 

Arminianism and Youth Ministry

September 5, 2012    
Keith Parker    

[To see the companion post that goes with this article and presents a different viewpoint, visit: Calvinism and Student Ministry] My fellow contributor Frank Gil hit the nail on the head when he wrote, “What you believe about how Christ saves his people will affect how you worship and live.”  He springboards from there and shares how his view of God, particularly Calvinism, has shaped his ministry from top to bottom….    read more 

The Skinny on Students in Adult Worship

March 21, 2012    
Josh Read    

  For years, I’ve heard pastors, parents, and church goers directly or indirectly talk down forms of youth ministry that don’t include combining parents and students on Sunday morning. The argument is that students need to be around adults for intergenerational relationship development. While this CAN be true, I tend to think it’s a dream we believe but that doesn’t really translate into reality. I want to take a moment and really…    read more