Article Underscores the Importance of Youth Ministry

Summer MissionChurch Divinity School of the Pacific is engaged in discernment about youth ministry. Yesterday’s article from Episcopal News Service offers some interesting perspectives. Here are a couple of provocative excerpts from the article with a link for the full text.

“Responding to discouraging reports, some church leaders recommend paring down youth investments. Other church leaders think like contrarian investor Warren Buffet. He puts his money into stocks that may be undervalued by a majority of investors.”

“Some youth leaders confide that they are expected to create nearly miraculous results in under-funded, poorly supported positions. There is such frequent turnover in youth director positions, for which college degrees are required, that staffers often stay for one year or less, Brochard says. This phenomenon is referred to as “one and done.”

Cait Black, youth minister at Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, California, was surprised to see similar scenarios occurring in the Deep South and among wealthier congregations. “The first thing to go from stressed church budgets is the full-time youth minister.”

Read the full article.

I would love to read your reaction in the comments below.

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