Our articles have appeared across the Internet over this week! Youth-worker resource @therootedministry Rooted linked to two of our articles which are now in their top 10. One article was The Divide Between the Kid and Adult Tables by @dandogreenhouse Daniel Greenhouse Kim.
Here is an excerpt. Read the full article on our website via the link in profile.
Adults view adolescents like little children, seating them at the youth ministry table, but then expect the teenagers to join and assimilate once they graduate from high school. But the reality for many high school graduates is an adult congregation that is completely foreign from what they experienced in youth ministry.
The problem lies in the fact that students inevitably feeling like they don’t belong. The local church that they attend is not their church. It’s their parents’ church. There is no bridge to help them cross that gap nor do they have opportunities to be active participants in shaping ministries at the church.
But this problem goes beyond organization of the local church itself. It’s also the adult congregation that fails to grasp the greater vision of the beauty of the body of Christ that is united under the headship of Jesus.
For those of us who confess to know the beauty and power of the body of Christ, we must become burdened by the biblical directive to raise the next generation to know the Lord. “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done” (Psalm 78:4). The onus lies with us to proclaim Christ and share his goodness from generation to generation. And us does not just mean the youth group directors, pastors, or teachers. It means all of us.
For if we understand God to be our Father, then we must also see that these are his children. We must make the paradigm shift from thinking that we are only obliged to the kids in our home, to understanding that we are responsible for the next generation. They are all our kids.