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Youth want to do more than participate in ready-made service opportunities, and the work of youth ministry should be to help them experience their own agency, writes the director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Jesus interrupts violence with peace, and hate with love. The director of Duke Youth Academy says she has been called into the work of interruption, leading conversations with young white people about race, police brutality and injustice.
The Rev. Richard Joyner ties up onions with some of the young people who are learning about growing and selling food as well as healthy eating.
Photo courtesy of Encore.org; videos by Alex Maness
A pastor in rural North Carolina has developed a farming and beekeeping operation that improves the health of local residents while training a new generation.
Teenage pilgrims gather for mid-day prayer in the meeting-room-turned-sanctuary at Youthfront LaCygne in LaCygne, Kansas.
Photos courtesy of Youthfront
Youthfront, a 72-year-old Kansas City youth ministry, is passionate about recovering classic Christian formation in the lives of young people. At Youthfront LaCygne, they’ve created a theological playground, a space for young people to think, reflect, doubt and pray.
Marcos, a student, and instructor Jaki Negreros at work in Newspring's art studio. The organization hopes to encourage teens from the Spring Branch community to think about college and careers in the arts.
Photos by Jeff Fitlow
Newspring, a Christ-centered nonprofit in the Spring Branch section of Houston, helps children and teens visualize a brighter future by nurturing their artistic talents and skills.
Youth should not be set apart, but rather integrated into the life of a congregation through friendship.
As Dietrich Bonhoeffer pointed out long ago, youth ministry isn't about setting aside a special place for young people in the church but about moving them into the center of the church community, says a youth ministry scholar and author.