I've always been frustrated with my youth group and youth groups in general. Am I completely knocking the youth group model of ministry? No. But, I do believe that it too often and too easily becomes a place to entertain. Youth group morphs into a social club disguised verbally as "fellowship time", exclusive cliques form, and God ceases to be the obvious focus. Once this happens, it's terribly difficult for the people deeply invested in the group to acknowledge.I feel bad for the girl in her dilemma. As a former youth director, I have tried the discipleship model, the entertainment model, and everything else under the sun. I have found nothing that works for keeping teenagers interested. Either its not fun enough or its not spiritual enough. I can't figure out how to do it. Sorry mam!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Here's an interesting blogpost about why one United Methodist teenager gave up on her youth group. Here's a snippet from it: