The Youth Ministry "movement" has become a monument. Youth leaders are doing so much work, and it all seems worthy. It's big, important stuff. But leaders across the nation quietly suspect that the more we do, the less effective we...
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The Youth Ministry "movement" has become a monument. Youth leaders are doing so much work, and it all seems worthy. It's big, important stuff. But leaders across the nation quietly suspect that the more we do, the less effective we seem to be in reaching young people. All those retreats and camps, books and seminars, conferences and leadership symposiums-what difference do they make in young lives today? As technology accelerates, spiritual apathy increases. Young people are biblically illiterate, bored, and find the church to be irrelevant. Parents are frustrated. Youth leaders are burned out. And high school and college students-if they ever attended--are leaving the church by the droves. What on earth has gone wrong?Youth Ministry: What's Gone Wrong & How to Get It Right shines a revealing light on standard youth ministry practices, and helps the reader to see what needs to change. The book is full of practical ideas that work in real churches, and includes 'voices from the trenches'-perspectives from current youth ministry leaders.Deep down inside, young people want life to matter. The church has something important to offer, but we have to start getting it right.
Dr. David Olshine chairs the youth ministries department at Columbia International University, and is an annual speaker to thousands of youth, leaders and parents across the United States. He has authored more than a dozen books and is the co-founder of Youth Ministry Coaches, an organization that coaches, consults and helps churches hire an keep youth leaders. David lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, Rhonda, and they have two children, Rachel and Andrew.