When this happens, it is usually because the church has leaned too heavily on human pragmatism as opposed to a robust dependence on the sufficiency and authority of Scripture.
Note: it strikes me that sometimes we can look with rose colored glasses upon the past, blame recent pragmatism, and forget that to some degree the transition that needs to take place in a person’s faith to lead to maturity is as old as God’s people are. This is a strategy… any strategy. Strategies will come and go. I want this book to be thoroughly grounded not only in the problem at hand (well defined), but also the cultural milieu in which we must address this problem.
I had, after all, been trained in the latest methods of Christian education and youth ministry during the studies that led to my master of divinity degree.
Note: note this… go to seminary to learn the bible
Young Life
Note: Somehow, I knew this was coming… Interestingly, If you go to almost any evangelical congregation and ask people to raise their hands if they were saved in YL (or Crusade, or Nav) - you’d have hands go up. Mature believers. Also, interestingly, what I did not see in his description of a ministry strategy was relationship. He does not speak of relationships he pursued… merely a discipleship “program.” YL’s statement is grounded in “earning the right to be heard.” - Not entertainment.
The false assumption is simply this:
Note: this is not the only problem… children are deciding where families go to church. The problem is grounded in consumer mentality where families eat out more nights of the week than not and the kids pick the places. We have sheltered them in schools and scattered them on fields so that families are not home, not together, and burning out. I don’t know so much that the church had any substantial assumption about ministry, so much as they were just caught up in the current of the culture.