Making the Theological Turn in Youth Ministry Using Bonhoeffer’s Eight Theses on Youth Work
In my six years as a youth minister to date, there have been moments—moments that have lasted days, weeks, and maybe even years, if I’m being honest—that have made me feel as though much of my work is utterly arbitrary and misguided. Those moments have generally emerged during meetings and conversations with people concerned who see young people as “the future of the church”, and involve themselves with the more immediate concerns of the church, like building use policies. I have often found myself reluctantly creating programs and planning events that, at best, satisfy the expectations of recreating the past for influential members of the congregation. At worst, these initiatives have been distracting from that which actually matters in the faith development of children.
In short, I, along with many others called into ministry, have long…
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