If you want a better youth ministry, pay attention to author John Green.
Many teenagers follow John Green closely. John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars has been made into a movie and currently is showing in movie theatres. Many teenagers not only read John Green’s books, but they also visit his YouTube channel—and often subscribe to it.
If you know John Green, you also know he has a brother, Hank Green, and the two of them are revolutionizing an entire generation of young people. How? By listening to them. By challenging them. By being entertaining. Effective youth ministry can learn a lot from John Green.
I recently attended a regional young adult ministry event in a large metropolitan area. Participants gathered from across the judicatory for a night of storytelling, fellowship, and prayer. I came away energized about the work the Spirit is doing in our area and with some ideas about the best practices for young adult ministry that I saw in action there:
I recently tagged along on a phone conversation between a seminary instructor and spiritual director and the publisher she had worked with to produce some curriculum for young adults. Over the course of the conversation, I think we were each aware of a feeling of being “stumped” about how curriculum fits into the young adult faith formation picture. In the intervening days, I’ve put this question to some smart leaders and teachers and pondered it a bit myself.
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