New Year. It involves resolutions, anticipation of change. Over at YouthMinistry.com, Kurt and Josh looked to the future and suggested
Three Things that Are Changing in Youth Ministry
> There are now many, many voices. It used to be there were just a few leaders in the field. Now, via blogs, podcasts, etc there is almost a riotous noise of shared wisdom and experience from countless youth workers (Ahem, including this one!) There is room for your voice, too!
> Emphasis on parent ministry We are finally beginning to sweat that parents are the primary discipler of their teenager.
> Team-based ministry Youth ministry was never meant to be done alone!
> a bonus fourth: Church together Youth ministry is no longer an island to itself.
and Three Things that Aren’t Changing in Youth Ministry
> Caring Adult Leaders -Great volunteers have been a part of youth ministry for a long time – and they will continue to be in the future.
> 1-on-1 Time with Students Relational ministry is still most highly valued. Our churches can do more of it with more Caring Adult Leaders
> Curriculum and Teaching – Scripture and (in our Catholic faith) Tradition at at the center of what we are passing along in youth ministry.
> another bonus fourth: A devoted follower of Jesus leading the group Leadership and gizmos make a difference, but discipleship matters.
As you look towards our shared future, be on of the many voices and comment of what’s changing and what ain’t changing in youth ministry . <image source>