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Engagement #10

We understand that adult leaders are conduits to ministry opportunities for young people, not gatekeepers

Context

Mission is not a trip or a youth activity, a silent cousin to evangelism, or an optional model of youth ministry. Mission is the business that congregations are in.  Christ views young people as participants in God’s mission rather than as targets of ours. (Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church, Kenda Creasy Dean)

Goal

Effective and comprehensive pastoral ministry with young people reminds us that we are all youth ministers – from scout leaders to coaches to principals to catechists – and that we all engage in an important role as a youth ministry leader.  We are meant to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

Suggested Implementation

Methods for Evaluation

Within the same calendar year as you attempt to address this concern, delegate individuals, both young and old, to ask: