Killing the youth group

what do you think?

We Killed The Youth Group from Levi Lusko on Vimeo.

HT to Vitamin Z who adds that he sees it becoming more mainstream in the future.

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4 Responses to Killing the youth group

  1. A.Chu says:

    This is really interesting. My 10 y.o. has recently said to me that he no longer wants to attend his youth group but prefers to attend “big worship”. He says they keep learning the same stories over and over (which I’m not saying is bad), and he feels like he’s not growing. I do believe the message has to be at their level, so maybe at a certain age, they SHOULD make a transition. All I know is that this is urgent and it has been brought to my attention, personally, by my own son – thanks for posting this very important message – we can’t lose our kids!

  2. admin says:

    thank you. Our kids have been with us in worship for the last three years or so as the boys went from 14 to 17. They have their own sort of ad hoc youth group that they have made with kids of our friends and those kids’ friends. They do things with that bunch on a pretty regular basis and they sometimes attend youth functions at other churches besides ours.

    I do believe that age graded church functions will decrease over time and that this is a good thing.

  3. PDN Hemker says:

    I have never heard of a separate youth group service during regular services. We have always had our children with us (and my husband and I went through the same experience with our families in entirely different states when we were growing up). The youth group was a midweek bible study and a “Sunday school” on Sundays in addition to the worship service with everyone. Is this something that is non-denominational? In other words, it provided three opportunities for worship. Granted, the youth group midweek bible study was for kids/teens/college and we adults attend an adult midweek bible study — but the practice of studying the bible with fellow members was never ever at the same time as weekly worship services.

    Is this really common?

  4. admin says:

    It is unfortunately quite common. Perhaps less these days than 50 years ago. I think your experience of a separate midweek service for youth is more and more the norm these days, but I don’t really know anything except about churches here in Austin.

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