MODERN YOUTH MINISTRY A '50 YEAR FAILED EXPERIMENT' SAY PASTORS
by Moody Adams National Center For Family Integrated Churches Director Scott T. Brown told The Christian Post that today’s modern concept of youth ministry is a “50-year failed experiment,” July 27, 2011. He has produced a film on the subject (available free through Sept. at http://leclercbrothers.com/divided/.
He points out that separating teenagers from adults has allowed youth directors to replace parents as the educators of our youth.
A group of pastors and former youth ministry leaders suggest that today’s youth ministries should be disbanded, calling the common practice of separating congregations by age for worship and Bible study "unbiblical." . . . “Youth ministries have proliferated across the land youth are departing from God, the church and morality.”
According to a stunning survey by America's Research Group, 95 percent of 20 to 29 year old evangelicals attended church regularly during their elementary and middle school years but only 11 percent of them were still regularly attending church when in college.
The greatest increase in youth ministries, church gymnasiums, rock music, summer trips and dress down services parallels the soaring increases in venereal diseases, pregnancies, drug use and crime.
Something is not working in the church youth ministries and we need to figure out what it is is?
Former youth pastor Boyd Dellinger sees separating , says, “I look back and realize I did more harm to families than I ever imagined,” Dellinger says in the film. “I see that more as I look back because I was usurping the authority of parents, especially fathers by having their children’s hearts turn towards me – with their permission.”