Things we do in Youth Ministry today that will be mocked in the future

Really enjoyed reading an article about 10 trends of today that will be mocked in 20 years over on ypulse.com, check out a few of their items:

Toms
Take a good look at a pair of Toms. Yes, the guy who invented them is a marketing genius. Yes, by buying a pair you can give a pair of shoes to a child in Africa. But honestly, the shoes are oddly-shaped canvas. How long do you think it will be before people realize that they can buy shoes for African children without subjecting themselves to strange-looking footwear?

Wall Words
Can you walk into a house these days without seeing a random word somewhere demanding that you “believe,” “love,” or “live?” If it isn’t a big wall sticker, it’s a wooden cutout sitting on a shelf.

DIY Projects
I am afraid that someday these Pinterest-inspired coffee-filter wreaths, paper balls, and twine-adorned everything will be dusty and droopy and viewed similarly to the way we now view those old yarn Kleenex-box covers. That is to say, just because you can make something yourself doesn’t mean you should.

Chalkboard Paint
Sure, it’s cool to be able to write on the walls, the furniture, and the coffee mugs. But I guarantee you that in 20 years, you will walk into a house and, seeing the scribbled-on black wall, think, “This house hasn’t been re-done since 2012.”

Instagram

It’s hard to predict what websites will go out of style and which ones will stay in — so much of it depends on how well they adapt to the times. Then again, there’s Instagram. You take pictures, you make them look vintage, and you share them. There’s nothing to adapt and grow. In a few years at most, something new and cool will come along, and Instagram accounts will be left dormant.

I had to laugh because several of the things are almost staples in our youth ministry. I’m wearing Toms right now, I don’t own skinny jeans, but our students do, I’m a heavy user of instagram, we have chalkboard paint all over our Youth Room.

It’s easy to think about these things and know that yes, they are cool and great in Youth Ministry right now, and we all full well know instagram, as awesome as it is now, will be replaced by something else in the next 20 years (duh, hologram’s).

I still belong to the current new generation, and I know we mock the terrible worship of the 90’s, the event driven Youth Ministry models, the hawaiin shirts, and the pizza party bait and switches.

But what will this generation be mocked for 20 years from now? The Youth Pastors who are literally being born today, what will they consider foolish that we consider revolutionary?

 

4 Comments

  1. I think it won't be so much mocking but not being able to understand why. Why did we value programs over people? Why did we invest in rooms and buildings to attract people? Why did look so much like our culture?In the post-Christan trajectory America is headed down a lot of what we are doing will be irrelevant to our brothers and sisters of the future. Local congregations won't have the means to build and attract because all their resources will be going to do the things Jesus calls us to do. They won't have the desire nor the opportunity to perpetuate American Chriatianity, their focus will be the great commandment and the great commission.Jesus said He would build the church and we're to make disciples and yet we struggle everyday to build the church and wish that Jesus would make disciples out of them. The youth leaders of the future will be like the church leaders in China and India today as well as church leaders of the first three centuries after Jesus accended and as Paul states "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9 ESV)" and this will drive them to rely on the Holy Spirit and the word of God for everything they say and do to further the Kingdom and we would do well to to start walking that path now then to continue down a path we know isn't working any longer.
  2. I think it won't be so much mocking but not being able to understand why. Why did we value programs over people? Why did we invest in rooms and buildings to attract people? Why did look so much like our culture?In the post-Christan trajectory America is headed down a lot of what we are doing will be irrelevant to our brothers and sisters of the future. Local congregations won't have the means to build and attract because all their resources will be going to do the things Jesus calls us to do. They won't have the desire nor the opportunity to perpetuate American Chriatianity, their focus will be the great commandment and the great commission.Jesus said He would build the church and we're to make disciples and yet we struggle everyday to build the church and wish that Jesus would make disciples out of them. The youth leaders of the future will be like the church leaders in China and India today as well as church leaders of the first three centuries after Jesus accended and as Paul states "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9 ESV)" and this will drive them to rely on the Holy Spirit and the word of God for everything they say and do to further the Kingdom and we would do well to to start walking that path now then to continue down a path we know isn't working any longer.

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