Why separating youth into groups might be the problem

Scripture has much to say about ministry to youth. Therefore, church leaders must be very attentive to it and conform to it. Every elder, deacon, and church member seeking to understand how we are to reach our children with the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ must begin at the fountain of truth and glean from the Word of God alone.

We long to see churches reformed. This will cause a generation to be rescued from this world and grasped from the jaws of the lion (1 Pet. 5:8). Therefore, we cry out for churches to do their part, for fathers to disciple their children, for churches not to usurp the authority of the family, for families to be a part of the church in a biblical fashion and not forsake her, for children to honor their parents — ultimately, for both church and family to return to the Word of God in obedience and not add or subtract from it in all that it says.

This vision involves reformation of the church and family, and it cannot be accomplished without the mighty working of God. Pray for a reformation, and put in the effort to see it through. James 2:17 says, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

If you are looking for a full-length feature film to watch this weekend, I’ve included it below. It’s called “DIVIDED,” and it features folks like Ken Ham and Pastor Voddie Baucham.

Note to pastors, and in particular youth pastors: I shared this video today and it really touched a nerve with parents, grandparents and students. This is not a film to be taken as a slam against the church or against youth pastors, but as a cautionary tale about the structure we’ve allowed to separate our children from the rest of the congregation, to what many of us fear is a very dangerous end. With more than 80 percent of young people walking away from their faith FOREVER when they leave high school, we think this may well be part of the cause. Nowhere in Scripture do we see this youth group model. Not that peer fellowship is a bad thing, but what about parental and elder influence? Where is the fellowship with the whole church, teaching young men and women to be…men and women?

Here’s the video. Tell us what you think!


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