I'm a church rat.
For those of you who do not speak "Christianese" this means I was brought up in the church. From the time I was a child my parents taught me about the Lord, about sin, and about Jesus. I never knew a day where I did not know that my so-called "good works" were laced with bad motives and pride and that my only way for a relationship with a holy God and with His body was the sacrifice of His Son. Peace preached, spiritual family...yet for a long time I felt very alone.
Admittedly, I'm an odd ball. If you're friends with me in real life, on Facebook or Pintrest, or if you read this blog you know that all too well. Another memory from childhood is my overactive imagination; the stories ebbed and flowed in my mind, taking me into my own little world, but often coming out for a peak, my characters tripping into real life...and soon the teasing started. Inevitably I began to prefer my imaginary world to reality. I didn't want to face the rejection, rejection I didn't understand, rejection from my peer group in and outside of the church.
For this reason I believe youth ministry is a vital one. Not that youth, or any Ecclesiastes 3:1).
age group, should be separate from the rest of the body, but that they, like every age group, have distinctive needs. This, of course, can be done wrong; as a culture there is nowhere near enough intergenerationality (spell check is telling me that's not a word, I choose to ignore it), but there is a time and a place for everything (
So what is your opinion on youth ministry? Objections? Rebuttals?