youth ministry

Toward a Bigger We

Last fall I had the pleasure of presenting at our event, The Summit.

Here’s the basis of what I’m arguing in this video: Our definition of youth ministry is too small. We (youth workers) make the mistake of thinking that we are the experts, that we “own” ministry to adolescents. This counters a realistic strategy for reaching a theologically appropriate proportion of the adolescent population, counters a core Protestant doctrine, (Priesthood of All Believers) and denies the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of adults currently ministering to adolescents in the places that God has them already.

Youth group is AN answer. It’s not THE answer. 


By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in the San Diego neighborhood of Rolando with their three children.

One reply on “Toward a Bigger We”

Really appreciate this Adam. As a youth pastor for the past 4 years I’ve wrestled with what my real job description should be. I think what you’re saying lines up with what Eph. 4:11 says about pastors and it switches the mindset that we’ve always had from that gatekeeper mentality to the equipper mentality. Thanks.

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