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.
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Notre Dame Vision youth academy has 1,400 teenage participants but what really sets it apart are the undergraduates who serve as 'mentors in faith' -- role models of a life of faith in progress.
After surviving the horrors of the Burundian genocide, Maggy Barankitse established a complex set of institutions to help war orphans survive and thrive. Her project is built on her faith in God’s love and the belief that raising a new generation in hope will disrupt the cycle of violence.
Youth from Clemson UMC take part in some typical activities, such as beach trips. But the focus of the church's youth formation is to invite them to see themselves as part of the narrative of God’s redemptive work in creation. Photo courtesy of Clemson UMC
In South Carolina, Clemson UMC has changed its approach to youth ministry, adopting a richer, deeper model aimed at forming young people into devoted disciples.