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Youth Ministry is KEY in our Churches

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I can’t even tell you how much I love the article I am linking to in this post.

Having observed my husband pour his heart, goofiness, and musical talent into youth for more than a decade and having watched our dear friend and longtime youth pastor (turned lead pastor) pour his life into so very many kids during his tenure at our church, I have seen firsthand what it means to teens when adults take them seriously.

And it means a lot.

Teens need us to see their intrinsic value.

When we welcome their input, they are valued.

When we do not ignore their questions, they are valued.

When we take time out of our lives to teach them and encourage them, they are valued.

When we do not belittle the challenges they face, they are valued.

When we see them as an integral, indispensable part of the church, they are valued.

(The best kind of adults are the ones can do all these things and also enjoy a cut-throat game of dodgeball. At least, that’s what I believe from a boy mom perspective.)

I urge you to read this article by Shane Stacey, EFCA’s National Director of ReachStudents. And don’t just read it. Read it and think about your opinion of youth ministry and consider whether or not that opinion needs to be tweaked.

5 Reasons Why the Church Needs Youth

1 Timothy 4:12  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.




Author: Kim Harms

I am the wife of a guitar-playing, worship-leading, adventure-loving husband. I am the mother of three incredible sons: two of whom recently surpassed me in height, and one of whom I am going to pretend is still my baby. I am saved by grace; a daughter of the King who was and is and is to come. *** I am a regular contributor at Today’s Christian Woman, a monthly blogger at Inspire a Fire and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts. *** The 500 Dresses ministry that I started with my mom in 2010 is our way of answering the call to serve those in poverty.

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