Reimagining the Gospel in Relationship, Part 1: What Does the Gospel Mean for Teenagers and Friendship?
Most of us have grown accustomed to a gospel that is a boiled-down series of abstract statements to be “believed.” They are typically colorless statements about God’s love, sin, and Jesus’ death. People must accept their truth in order to go to heaven and live a “good life,” which is described as vaguely as it is variously. This disembodied gospel supposedly positions people to make “a decision for Christ,” and is to be their frame of reference for everything.
What does it mean to be a family, particularly in the disconnected environment of the city? Urban Youth Ministry professor Mary Glenn helps us take steps toward helping young and old find family.
In some ways, students see God like Santa. Santa is good, of course. Santa gives you good things on Christmas. And Santa is omniscient, just like God.
My wife, Meredith, and I welcomed our son into the world last January. Like most parents, we have a lot of hopes for him. We hope he’ll be happy and healthy. We hope he’ll be compassionate and independent. We hope he won’t grow up to be a Yankees fan. The status of the next generation of Christians has been the cause of much hand-wringing, guess-making, and anecdote-peddling for about as long as there has been a next generation to worry about, but only recently has there been much reliable data from which parents and youth workers can learn.
This excerpt from Chapter 3 of April Diaz’ Redefining the Role of the Youth Worker: A Manifesto of Integration highlights the process April’s church went through to describe what they were looking for in a youth ministry leader. Inspired by their participation in our 2010 Sticky Faith Cohort, April’s church took a risk to reshape what it means to embrace teenagers in the life of the congregation. This excerpt is reprinted with permission from the Youth Cartel.
“All great ideas degenerate into work for someone." These words from Peter Drucker, the “father of modern day management,” can become the stumbling block for many ministry leaders like you and me. Once we cast our vision and put well-formed plans in place, there is no other option than to roll up our sleeves and get to the work.
This free sample from our all-new Sticky Faith Launch Kit was adapted from Module 1 Part 6, which also includes three accompanying videos (with Launch Kit purchase) and the downloadable handout included at the end of this sample.