i’m so stoked that uber-blogger and brilliant theological mind, scot mcknight, has chosen to post a three-part review/discussion of youth ministry 3.0. what a huge honor. i’ve been deeply impacted by scot’s books, his blog (jesus creed), his talks, and his friendship.
here’s part 3 of his three-parter. there’s great discussion on his blog, by a wider slice of church leadership types that i tend to have here on ysmarko (so it’s really worth clicking over and reading the comments). you can see my response to his blog question there also.
So, what can we do? Marko, in his new book, Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go , has a bundle of suggestions and I want to discuss a few of them today.
What do you think? Are any of you in YM 3.0? What are you seeing? What are your suggestions?
If the focus is affinity and we need to move more into communion and mission, what will 3.0 youth ministries look like?
We may need to develop multiple youth ministries within the same church to speak into multiple youth cultures.
We may need one youth ministry with a dream of supra-culture, kingdom of God culture.
Or a hybrid of the two. He makes several proposals, like one group for some stuff and smaller groups for other things.
We may need to cut programs; we may need to get small; provide opportunities for youth to experience God. We need to be “communional.” It is small, slow, simple, fluid, present, and Jesus-y.
We need to focus on integrating teenagers with the church. And we need to be more missional.