It’s About Spheres Not Ears

You’ve been hearing about this for years now….from a whole variety of Youth Ministry sources.  –That the way we think about youth ministry in the church is just too narrow.  You know, the whole Micky Mouse ear thing.

That is what is so great about the EYM study. Instead of talking about what youth ministry shouldn’t be, it helps us all focus on what ministry with young people can and should be.

So as the Exemplary Youth Ministry study looked churches where youth ministry was effective, it found youth ministry that had oozed out of the youth room and was integrated into the whole of the churches’ life.  The activities, the culture, and yes, even the students.

As we share the results of the study with people we talk about that all the time. The study found that exemplary youth ministry actually encompasses four different spheres: leadership, home, congregation and age specific ministry. And those spheres  all overlap –more on that later.

And get this—22 of the 44 Faith Assets that the team developed to share the results of the study are about the congregation.  There are more congregational assets than youth ministry assets.

It is all about spheres, so we can finally let go of those ears.

Think about it. How does this change your approach to ministry?

Dr. Nancy Going is a 20 some year veteran of congregational youth ministry.  She coordinates the Distributed (distance) youth ministry students at Luther Seminary.  She did her PhD research by interviewing adolescents from the Exemplar congregations.

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