I invite you to weigh in on the following issues.
In 1997, the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project began a reform of contemporary ministry practice in North America. After ten years of research and experimentation, the following four discoveries were made:
1. Current approaches to youth ministry neglect the spiritual life of youth ministers, adult volunteers and youth.
2. People long to experience God within their own lives.
3. Communities of transformed adults, living lives of prayer and service, attract and transform the lives of young people.
4. Youth desire to recognize God's presence in their lives and to be empowered to live out their calling.
Based on your experience, how accurate are these findings? What are the implications for churches as we engage the work of youth ministry?
Yaconelli, Mark. Growing Souls: Experiments in Contemplative Youth Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007.