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The Church is Not a Place...

Last Revised on February 19, 2012

The Church is not a place where; it's a people who...

Youth ministry, at its core, is about a community being in relationship with young people. Words like “youth group” and “CYO” have given way to new phrases like “youth ministry team” and “a comprehensive mindset.” Ministry with young people requires the involvement of the entire community. We can no longer depend on a youth minister as a “do-er” of the ministry, where the challenge of working with young people rests solely on his or her shoulders. Today it’s everyone’s job. The comprehensive approach puts the emphasis on the process. Youth ministry happens most effectively when the community supports a team of adults and youth in taking responsibility for developing ministry to, with, by and for young people. This is where a Youth Ministry Leadership Committee comes into the picture.

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