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If you’ve been in or around youth ministry for even a short time, you’ve probably experienced the coming and going of a few trends. Youth ministry, while perhaps narrower in scope, is like any culture or subculture—some popular ideas seem to catch on like wildfire, while others just don’t. And then there are those special ones that are pretty much outlawed in these United States. Chubby Bunny, anyone?
Here are my thoughts on 3 questions concerning trends in youth ministry:
What trends should be a part of my youth ministry?
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Your very own—Using your own creativity and vision to create a trend within your group packs a lot of punch, whether it’s an approach to discipleship, a creative use of current technology, an annual tradition during your Christmas party, or a catchy inside joke. Students LOVE to be a part of something unique and creative and will latch on to these trends just as quickly as anything else that is out there. When students see a trend developing before their eyes, the fellowship that happens around it is priceless. My student leaders have even taken to “quizzing” the upcoming seventh-graders on the trends and traditions that we have created within the group, just to make sure everyone is on the same page.
What is the most exciting trend emerging in youth ministry?
Student-initiated ministry—Beyond student-led ministry, students are getting hip to the fact that because of the wide-open avenues that are afforded them through social media and advancements in consumer technology, their reach and impact on the world for Christ are farther and greater than ever before! We are seeing teenagers write and publish books, produce music and films, and even create charitable events and organizations. We’ve only seen a glimpse of what is to come on the horizon, and the future looks bright for this type of ministry.
As an aside, I believe this is a testament to the effectiveness of youth workers who are truly working to equip their students to change the world for Christ’s sake now, not just down the road. This is very exciting!