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Thursday, August 14, 2008

I pray that this can be true here. . .

I'm excited that I just got a new book today on Youth Ministry written by a guy here in Raleigh, Steven Wright from Providence Baptist Church. He is talking about a different approach to meeting the needs of students that sounds very appealing. He posted about it today and he is praying for and working towards. He writes:
This movement is defined by:

• Ministry that seeks to make Christ above all else beautiful and that declares an uncompromising Gospel to those who do not know Christ (Galatians 1:6-9).

• Ministry that is measured by lasting disciples rather than attendance campaigns and focuses on the glory of our matchless Savior (John 15:1-15).

• Ministry that truly partners with parents and seeks as a priority the task of resourcing, training, and involving parents as the primary disciplers of their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

• Ministry that prioritizes and champions equally the two institutions that are God-given: the Family and the Church (Acts 2:42-47).

• Ministry that seeks men who are biblically qualified pastors rather than charming activity directors (1 Timothy 3:1-7).

• A ministry environment that is healthy for a student pastor and his family; an environment where pastors will desire to stay long past today’s destructive low tenures (Matthew 10:10).

• Ministry that seeks to mentor students for adulthood, marriage, and family rather than seeking to develop lifelong youth group attendees (1 Corinthians 13:11).
Sounds good. I can't wait to read it.

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