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Ym update sa2011

  1. 1. Youth Ministry Update Synod Assembly 2011
  2. 2. YOU are ENTRUSTED with these responsibilities: <ul><li>Live with them among God’s faithful people </li></ul><ul><li>Bring them to the word of God and the holy supper </li></ul><ul><li>Teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments </li></ul><ul><li>Place in their hands the holy scriptures </li></ul><ul><li>Nurture them in faith and prayer </li></ul>
  3. 3. SO THAT: <ul><li>Your children may learn to trust God </li></ul><ul><li>Proclaim Christ through word and deed </li></ul><ul><li>Care for others and the world God made </li></ul><ul><li>Work for justice and peace. </li></ul>
  4. 4. SIMPLE
  5. 5. YOU are ENTRUSTED with these responsibilities: <ul><li>Be Mentors </li></ul><ul><li>(Live with them among God’s faithful people) </li></ul><ul><li>Go To Worship </li></ul><ul><li>(Bring them to the word of God and the holy supper) </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the Essentials </li></ul><ul><li>(Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments) </li></ul><ul><li>Read the Bible </li></ul><ul><li>(Place in their hands the holy scriptures) </li></ul><ul><li>Pray </li></ul><ul><li>(Nurture them in faith and prayer) </li></ul>
  6. 6. SIMPLE
  7. 7. Young People Believe in God. <ul><li>But does faith make a difference in their lives? Or is their faith like an old pair of… </li></ul>
  8. 9. Vs.
  9. 10. The Sock Theory <ul><li>Gym Class = Confirmation? </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday School? </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Group? </li></ul><ul><li>Worship? </li></ul>
  10. 11. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism <ul><li>God passively watches from a distance. </li></ul><ul><li>God wants people to be good, nice and fair. </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose of life is to be happy. </li></ul><ul><li>God is the cosmic genie…stays in his bottle until you need a wish granted. </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re good, you go to heaven. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Is this life? <ul><li>Is this what we believe? </li></ul>
  12. 13. It starts with YOU… <ul><li>Be Mentors (yes, you may actually have to share your own faith story…) </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Worship (Hmmm…says nothing about dropping the kids off for Sunday school and heading to Starbucks) </li></ul><ul><li>Teach the essentials (umm…how does the Lord’s Prayer start again?) </li></ul><ul><li>Read the Bible (if necessary, blow off dust) </li></ul><ul><li>Pray (this helps with steps 1-4…I promise) </li></ul>
  13. 14. A Watered Down Belief… <ul><li>… we are doing an exceedingly good job of teaching youth what we really believe: namely, that Christianity is not a big deal, that God requires little, and that church is a helpful social institution filled with nice people focused on themselves… </li></ul>
  14. 15. Ouch. <ul><li>But there is hope. </li></ul><ul><li>And it begins with YOU… </li></ul>
  15. 16. Practice Discipleship <ul><li>Youth Ministry training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for ALL adult leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Face-to-Face trainings </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>God Talk, Cross Training, Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>FREE! FOR EVERYONE! </li></ul>
  16. 17. 2012 Synod Journey to the ELCA Youth Gathering
  17. 18. Consequential Faith <ul><li>This is your mission </li></ul><ul><li>This is your calling. </li></ul><ul><li>For the sake of our young people. </li></ul><ul><li>… will you accept? </li></ul>

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