Facebook reminded me of a post I wrote for the NEXT Church blog in January of 2014 in which I suggested that the future of youth ministry in Presbyterian circles might need to be de-programmed, focusing less on organized activities for church kids and more on spontaneous opportunities to “walk alongside” peer networks of youth in our communities.
I took a break from assembling a shopping list for this weekend’s youth ski retreat to re-read it. In the four years since I wrote the post, my youth ministry work has become way, way more programmatic than ever before.
Time and context matter. There is no single future and no single youth ministry, so beware those who say there is; they still have much to learn.