Youth ministry isn’t about helping young people create a successful future but about standing with them, waiting for the fullness of God’s action. A youth ministry scholar and author of "The Relational Pastor" reflects on Advent, eschatology and young people.
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Emerald Youth Foundation choir performs at the organization's 2012 prayer and fundraising breakfast. Photo courtesy of Emerald Youth Foundation
Emerald Avenue UMC and the nonprofit it created more than 20 years ago -- Emerald Youth Foundation -- are bringing new life to children and youth in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Knoxville, Tenn.
When her teenage daughter and friends began tuning in to the Sunday sermon, prepping for midweek lectionary study and bandying about words such as “eschatology” and “quadrilateral,” a mother realized that something exciting was happening in her congregation.
Youth ministry is not just a stepping stone to real leadership.
If your church cares about its youth growing up in the faith, it'll hire full-time youth ministers.