Is Youth Ministry dead?
The definition of dead from dictionary.com says,
1. no longer living; deprived of life: dead people; dead flowers;dead animals.
3. not endowed with life; inanimate: dead stones.
4. resembling death; deathlike: a dead sleep; a dead faint.
5. bereft of sensation; numb: He was half dead with fright. My legfeels dead.
Last week, I was chatting with a friend who is interested in becoming a youth pastor. He is a gifted young man, and has a passion for youth ministry, and music. When I see this guy, I see tons of potential for ministry. While we were talking over coffee at starbucks, he mentioned that he met with a church planter who has been really successful. When this young man asked the church planter if he was interested in hiring a youth/worship pastor the church pastor/planter said, “We can’t afford to hire a youth pastor, and besides youth ministry is a thing of the past.” When my friend went on to say is that this church plant can’t afford to maintain an attractional youth ministry model. It made me think, is youth ministry dead?
If you want to be a pastor at Mars Hill Seattle you need to eventually move onto become a campus pastor. Being a youth pastor isn’t good enough anymore. You need to move on to something age appropriate. Some people need to move on, but not everyone.
I don’t think that attractional youth ministry can survive in an economy of recession. Youth ministry is more than attracting kids. Rethinking youth ministry has a great image that you need to check out on missional youth ministry.
Do I think that youth ministry is dead? No. I wish that young church planter would ask how could we reach teens in our community, with the resources we have, and with the leaders we have. I think we need to move away from looking at other churches/youth ministries when it comes to reaching our communities.
What do you think? Is youth ministry dead? Is it necessary?