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Opportunity or           Despair?          Youth Ministry at the              Crossroads    ELCA GatheringPractice Discipl...
Welcome
History Youth ministry has changed!
Our time • Overview • Opportunity • Encourage and Equip
Welcome• name and congregation• high school memory ofchurch• one hope for youth today
goals• landscape - faith of youth• discipleship today• future opportunities
Landscape
From the air
National Study of Youth     and Religion       5   learnings
Teen are not rebellious about faith,     rather they are open to religion• Youth are not flocking to "alternative" religio...
de facto creed       Moralistic Therapeutic Deism• A God exists who created and orders the world and watches  over human l...
Teens could not speak the second            language of faith• A vast majority of teens are "incredibly inarticulate about...
Parents are important• Three out of four religious teens consider their own beliefs  somewhat or very similar to those of ...
“a significant minority”               Yet, for a small percentage         (8% of teen where religion was important)of you...
from the ground
Groups• make a list of 10 things thatdescribe young people today
Exemplary Youth Ministry Study
It’s aboutnurturing faith
7       aspects of mature       Christian faith        • Seeks Spiritual Growth        • Possesses a Vital Faith          ...
3         particular aspects                 in congregations• Particular Theology  – Sense of the Presence and Activity o...
44  4         assets             within             areasCongregationalAssets             Age-Specific             Ministr...
Four Learnings    It’s about a living God     It’s about discipleship  It’s about relationships       It’s about leadership
Share• What did you hear?• What was troubling?• What is hopeful?
Where do we go  from here?
Bad News     Christian way of life is no longer the normFaith communities are not passing on the faith          World isn’...
Good News              Youth are open to faith and religionYouth are open to parents and significant adults               ...
what now?• learn to be bilingual• recapture catechesis• offer hope
help you    committedbelieve   good time remember
prayer
PD1 Opportunity or Despair Overview Session
PD1 Opportunity or Despair Overview Session
PD1 Opportunity or Despair Overview Session
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PD1 Opportunity or Despair Overview Session

  1. 1. Opportunity or Despair? Youth Ministry at the Crossroads ELCA GatheringPractice Discipleship Team
  2. 2. Welcome
  3. 3. History Youth ministry has changed!
  4. 4. Our time • Overview • Opportunity • Encourage and Equip
  5. 5. Welcome• name and congregation• high school memory ofchurch• one hope for youth today
  6. 6. goals• landscape - faith of youth• discipleship today• future opportunities
  7. 7. Landscape
  8. 8. From the air
  9. 9. National Study of Youth and Religion 5 learnings
  10. 10. Teen are not rebellious about faith, rather they are open to religion• Youth are not flocking to "alternative" religions and spiritualities.• Yet, faith is not a viable or central element of their life.• The vast majority of the teenagers identified themselves as Christian – either Protestant or Catholic - or as Jewish or Mormon.• Only about 8 percent said faith was not important at all.
  11. 11. de facto creed Moralistic Therapeutic Deism• A God exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth.• God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.• The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.• God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.• Good people go to heaven when they die.
  12. 12. Teens could not speak the second language of faith• A vast majority of teens are "incredibly inarticulate about their faith, their religious beliefs and practices.”• Faith is a second language … and young people are not catching the faith religions profess. In other words, faith communities were not passing on the faith in word and deed.• Learning the language of faith will require, among other things, being immersed in a culture where the faith is spoken in the present tense and where it is practiced being spoken.
  13. 13. Parents are important• Three out of four religious teens consider their own beliefs somewhat or very similar to those of their parents.• Parents, whether they know it or not and like it or not, they are in fact always socializing youth about religion.• It is not whether or not parents are passing on faith, but what faith/beliefs parents are passing on!
  14. 14. “a significant minority” Yet, for a small percentage (8% of teen where religion was important)of young people faith was not wallpaper, but an active, integrated part of their lives.
  15. 15. from the ground
  16. 16. Groups• make a list of 10 things thatdescribe young people today
  17. 17. Exemplary Youth Ministry Study
  18. 18. It’s aboutnurturing faith
  19. 19. 7 aspects of mature Christian faith • Seeks Spiritual Growth • Possesses a Vital Faith • Practices Faith• Makes the Christian Faith a Way of Life • Lives a Life of Service • Exercises Moral Responsibility • Possesses a Positive Spirit
  20. 20. 3 particular aspects in congregations• Particular Theology – Sense of the Presence and Activity of a Living God – Emphasis on Spiritual Growth, Discipleship and Vocation – Promote Outreach and Mission• Particular Qualities of Ministry – Reflect Congregational Priority and Support for Youth Ministry – Foster Significant Relationships and a Sense of Community – Develop Committed Competent Leadership• Particular Ministry Practices – Focus on Household or Families – Common Effective Youth Ministry Practices – Custom Designed, Integrated Approaches to Youth Ministry
  21. 21. 44 4 assets within areasCongregationalAssets Age-Specific Ministry AssetsLeadership Assets Family Asset s
  22. 22. Four Learnings It’s about a living God It’s about discipleship It’s about relationships It’s about leadership
  23. 23. Share• What did you hear?• What was troubling?• What is hopeful?
  24. 24. Where do we go from here?
  25. 25. Bad News Christian way of life is no longer the normFaith communities are not passing on the faith World isn’t going to pass on the faith “church” language is not familiar to most
  26. 26. Good News Youth are open to faith and religionYouth are open to parents and significant adults Actions are important It’s time to be creative and discover new ways
  27. 27. what now?• learn to be bilingual• recapture catechesis• offer hope
  28. 28. help you committedbelieve good time remember
  29. 29. prayer

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