Christian Youth Groups Need Strong Meat, Not Religious Pablum

Written by Doug Giles on September 30, 2021

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It’s easy to make fun of youth leaders in their half-baked attempt to be ‘relatable’. We’ve all laughed at the big screens, smoke machines, and skinny jeans.

And some of what’s out there is straight-up bizarre. One uh, ‘leader’, asked for volunteers to lick peanut butter out of his armpit — and swallow it. He did it to ‘shock’ and ‘astound’. Hard pass. And we are surprised when kids in their teens and twenties turn their backs on this goofiness?

The danger with using gimmicks to attract a crowd is that our godless culture has flashier gimmicks, louder music, and wilder parties. Here’s a radical idea, how about giving the leadership of our youth a re-think?

What happens if — hear me out here — what if we actually respect their intelligence to actually challenge them, give them big ideas to wrap their minds around, and build them into disciples?

How many churches that would blow off that idea do it mostly because it’s never been tried?

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