600 Years of Youth Ministry (and why that matters for 2020)

Crystal Kirgiss | “They’re turning away from God; they want to quit church; they’re being pulled away by culture; they don’t take life seriously; they’re interested in just one thing; they’re hanging out with the wrong crowd; they need their own worship music; they’re making bad decisions; they need deeper faith … ” said parents, preachers, and other adults, for at least the past 600 years. The lifestage (adolescence, teenage) isn’t new. Our worries and fears aren’t new. And our deep desire for teens to develop a deeply rooted faith definitely isn’t new. Accurate history provides a helpful (and sometimes rollicking) backdrop for how we can best love, guide, mentor, and disciple our students.