Monday, February 27, 2017
The Youth Minister
We must reform our view of the qualification for—and even the legitimacy of—a “youth minister.” The normative pattern in Scripture implores young people to emulate the values of their elders. They must respect them, be instructed by them and follow their example. . . . Thus, older men in the church bear the first responsibility for training youth; the older women to follow “likewise” in their steps. We must therefore reject the appalling notion of the model of youth minister as a recently graduated extrovert who looks and acts just like a high schooler himself. If our youth cannot “relate to” older men, then we are seeing evidence of older men having dropped the ball years ago.
Christopher Schlect, Critique of Modern Youth Ministry, pg.15