The History of Youth Ministry

Posted: March 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you read through the Bible you will never find anything about youth ministry. There is no field manual for youth pastors, worship bands, fun events, or summer camps. If you read through church history, you also will not find anything about youth ministry. For the overwhelming majority of Christian history, there hasn’t been a segregated place for the youth to go and be taught and worship and spend time together. Instead, everything was centered around the family being together. The youth pastor was the parents who took the biblical commands to train your children in the fear of the Lord seriously.

Because of this fact, there are tons of debates and discussions about if youth ministry is biblical or if we should do away with the whole thing. Some churches have no youth ministry (family integrated), some have one and encourage parents to come to events (family based), and some seek to walk alongside parents and try to equip them to lead their teens spiritually (family equipping). The last of these three is what we are striving for in our youth ministry. Regardless of where you stand on this discussion or if you even knew there were different opinions on this issue, knowing a history of how youth ministry came about is helpful. I would encourage you to take a few minutes to learn about this interesting topic with this link: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/04/02/a-brief-history-of-youth-ministry/.

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