Last week I read an article in the USA Today entitled ‘Forget pizza parties,’ Teens tell Churches. I read it, and didn’t put any thought into it. Later that same day, I was reading one of the youth ministry blogs that I try (key word “try”) to keep up on by youth ministry vet, Mark Oestreicher. And he was writing on that very article, with his post, Youth Ministry in Decline?
my second thought (the first being how the article names the problem but misses the point): why are we always so dang quick to point our fingers at everyone and everything else? when will we have the humility to point that accusing finger at ourselves?
i sure would have enjoyed seeing a quote from a youth pastor or church leader or ministry expert who said something like, “well, to be honest, we dropped the ball. it’s our fault. culture has changed, and teenagers have changed, and we’ve still been rolling along with our same ol’ lame pizza parties and camps, pretending it’s 1982. i hope this is a ‘better late than never’ situation where our desire to change and find new ways to engage today’s teenagers with the love of jesus will still find purchase. we’ve stumbled, but our calling is unshaken.”that would have been cool.