Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry

 

I continue to watch the Lutheran Concerns Association videos and found Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller’s presentation on youth ministry. Pr. Wolfmueller diagnoses the problems of youth ministry through the lens of the Ten Commandments and then gives some suggestions for addressing these problems.

 


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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Youth Ministry — 5 Comments

  1. Brian,
    Thank you for posting this!

    Very nicely worded example of an abuse of the Fourth Commandment in the name of “Youth Ministry” at about 19 minutes into the movie:

    The first [abuse of the Fourth Commandment], and this is completely unacceptable: The first is youth ministries who attempt to benefit from teenage rebellion, or join in that rebellion; Youth ministers who present themselves to the youth as those who “really understand their problems,” who “know what it’s like when mom and dad don’t understand.” When youth events are carefully crafted to be different even distasteful to the parents –“this isn’t your grandparents’ church–we here are relevant! We are cool! We’re with you!”

    This so-called youth ministry is making things worse. There is a Fourth Commandment problem here. And the hearts of the youth are being violently ripped away from their parents by the devil. and we come along and act as if it’s OK, and even use that sin to our own advantage? No!”

  2. Pastor Abrahamson,
    Thank you for pulling that quote, it was my favorite section of the presentation.

    P.S. Thanks for your work here and Issue Etc. as well.

  3. My wife, Mary, said:
    “One of the biggest errors with the whole emergent/pop Christianity culture addressing youth is hit on so well in the sentences that Pr. Wolfmueller used: (26:28ff)

    But this demon strike is not met with panic! What do we do?
    Jesus is still at the Right Hand of the Father.
    He still knows how to forgive sins and comfort consciences.
    His church still stands against the gates of hell in the confidence that she will not be overcome.
    Jesus is still putting the devil under our feet–Romans 16 and Apology 5:71–a marvelous passage.
    We, the Lord’s church are not commanded to match the devil’s fervor with a fervor of our own, rather we are called by the Lord Jesus Himself to rest in His forgiveness and to find comfort in His institutions.

    Mary continued: “The so called youth movement constantly proclaims God’s bigness, God’s mightiness, God’s power in their culture of praise; yet they deny it by not trusting God to work through the simple means that He has given of Word and Sacrament and the Absolution to deal with the real issues of sin and guilt. It’s denying God’s power and Christ’s Kingship when they deny His Means and thinking they can cook up something better.”

  4. Joe Abrahamson :
    My wife, Mary, said:
    “One of the biggest errors with the whole emergent/pop Christianity culture addressing youth is hit on so well in the sentences that Pr. Wolfmueller used: (26:28ff)

    But this demon strike is not met with panic! What do we do?
    Jesus is still at the Right Hand of the Father.
    He still knows how to forgive sins and comfort consciences.
    His church still stands against the gates of hell in the confidence that she will not be overcome.
    Jesus is still putting the devil under our feet–Romans 16 and Apology 5:71–a marvelous passage.
    We, the Lord’s church are not commanded to match the devil’s fervor with a fervor of our own, rather we are called by the Lord Jesus Himself to rest in His forgiveness and to find comfort in His institutions.

    Mary continued: “The so called youth movement constantly proclaims God’s bigness, God’s mightiness, God’s power in their culture of praise; yet they deny it by not trusting God to work through the simple means that He has given of Word and Sacrament and the Absolution to deal with the real issues of sin and guilt. It’s denying God’s power and Christ’s Kingship when they deny His Means and thinking they can cook up something better.”

    Well put! I agree!

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