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Youth work or family ministry? May 7, 2009

Posted by John Stephenson in Families, Youth Work.
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Interesting short piece on the Sydney Anglicans website that challenges the investment in youth/children’s workers rather than equipping families to nurture their children.

‘The great responsibility to bring children up in the ‘instruction of the Lord’ is not given to children’s workers or youth ministers. And yet so many churches act as though it is. ‘

Some of the comments are worth reading too. It did set me thinking about how easily we act as if the only thing that matters is the youth group or the youth work. I wonder what it would look like if we did try to help parents in this task? What difference would it make? Or are we so convinced that teenagers need an alternative adult role model that we undermine the role of parents?

Lots to ponder!