This book was very helpful in my ministry – it taught me a bit about the historical landscape of youth ministry, so much that I just have never heard before but shapes where we’re at today.
Mark, the author, writes us through three eras of youth ministry and a bit on how ministry worked in each era. Youth Ministry 1.0 (Era 1): 1945-1960′s. Youth Ministry 2.0: 1970′s – 2000. Youth Ministry 3.0: Today. (See the chart below for a few phrases from the book.)
My $10 word (about the cost of the book) was affinity. Affinity: together, acceptance, love expressed, communication, relationship, I’m with you/you’re with me, God’s with us/we’re with God.
Here’s the brief history in a box:*
|Youth Ministry 1.0||Youth Ministry 2.0||Youth Ministry 3.0|
|Youth Culture Fixation||Identity||Autonomy||Affinity|
|Cultural Influence on Youth Ministry||Language and Topics||Models and Success||Contextualization|
|Key Themes||Evangelism and Correction||Discipleship and Creating a Positive Peer Group||Communion and Mission|
|Driver||Proclaimation||Programs||Not Driven, but Present|
|Theme Verse||Matthew 7:13-14||Matthew 28:19-20a||Acts 2:44-46a, John 17:18|
I think Mark has a great concept going here. I believe many of our ministries are still focusing on putting on a good show — we’ll, anyone can find a great show anywhere these days, many of us take the show with us on our phones or iPods. What we’re needing is the experience of communion with people, with God — all wrapped in Jesus. This will drive us to mission. This will drive us to seek to be contextual, not follow models of ministry, but instead to spend more time in prayer, discerning the call of God for us and our people.