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10 Trends That Will Reshape Youth Ministry

There was more talk this week online about the future of Youth Ministry. I really liked Jim Candy’s post on 10 Trends that will Reshape Youth Ministry. I’ll list a few of his points here, and you can go [here] for the rest.

3. Sunday morning programs will become history

Congregations will become increasingly dissatisfied with the separation between adults and its young people at their weekend services. Worship services will change to accommodate younger people, and those congregations that do not will continue to disappear.

4. Same sex conversations will reach a fever pitch

Homosexuality, and the church’s view on that topic, will be a lightning rod for middle and high school kids in considering faith in Jesus. Youth Ministries will increasingly need to lovingly converse with kids and the broader culture about its viewpoint—whatever it may be.

5. Professional youth ministry positions will become more rare

Churches will increasingly offer structures so that entire congregations and caring for young people will rely less on paid staff than in previous decades. This will also be financially driven as more congregations will be forced to have a leaner staff.

6. Youth workers will be older

The stereotype of the youth worker as someone in their early 20s who views youth work as a stepping stone to another pastoral position will continue to fade away.

You may also be interested in one of my prior posts: 5 Glimpses into the Future of Youth Ministry.

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Terrace Crawford is an entrepreneur, youth worker-at large, with an affinity for Social Media, and founder of MinistryDownloads.com. Crawford, named as one of the Top 100 Christian Leaders to Follow on Twitter, serves church leaders (particularly youth workers) through his blog, and weekly podcast, This Week in Youth Ministry (available on iTunes).