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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!