Postmodern Youth Ministry

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A presentation to pastors about doing Youth Ministry to a Changing Generation

Text of Postmodern Youth Ministry

  • 1. postmodern youth ministry: connecting a changing generation to an unchanging message
  • 2. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Every generation is formed by and reacts against those who came before. Postmodernism is formed by but is a reaction against the modern world view.
  • 3. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Individualism Absolutism Community Relativism
  • 4. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Two Key Elements of Postmodern Youth-Ministry Relationships Stories
  • 5. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Why Relationships are Important in Youth Ministry Relationships establish community/belonging Relationships establish credibility
  • 6. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Types of Relationships in Student Ministries Adult to Adult Modeling Adult to Student Molding Student to Student Motivating
  • 7. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Five Levels of Relationships 1. A foundation of Trust 2. Ground rules of Honesty and Acceptance 3. Structure of a Covenant
  • 8. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Five Levels of Relationships 4. Ongoing Accountability 5. A Shared Vision and Purpose
  • 9. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Building a Relational Community for Students Know your students Allow your students to know you Love your students tangibly
  • 10. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Building a Relational Community for Students Enforce a safe community Create a communal environment Keep your focus and perspective
  • 11. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Why Stories are Important in Youth Ministry Stories help us know ourselves and those around us better. God chose to communicate to us through a story
  • 12. postmodern youth ministry: a changing generation Using Stories to Communicate Truth This is my story. What is your story? This is Gods story? What is your story?
  • 13. postmodern youth ministry: Connecting a Changing Generation to an Unchanging Message