Rooted Article: “Is Youth Ministry Really ‘New’ to the Church?”

Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote for the Rooted Ministry’s Blog. It’s part of a series focusing on the biblical, theological, and historical foundation of youth ministry in the Church. It’s an important issue and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation…

It’s a common misconception: Youth Ministry is a new phenomenon and didn’t exist until the Sunday School movement in England. If we insist on “youth ministry” only meaning what we generally mean today (a whole division of the church focused on creating fun, high-energy events where teenagers receive a culturally relevant combination of evangelism and discipleship), then it’s true that youth ministry probably began in the mid-20th Century. The goal of this article is to present the historical precedent for age-specific ministry in the Church for the sake of cultivating faith in the next generation.

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