Does Youth Ministry Work?
I have been in youth ministry full time for 12 years. I have learned many lessons and had shifts in philosophy. Over the last year I have been struggling with the idea that youth ministry doesn’t work. I have found that very few students (who parents are religious) will ever exceed the spirituality of their parents. Last week we gave a survey out to our students. The results confirm what I thought.
55% of our students and parents rarely or never pray together outside of meals.
56% of our students and parents rarely or never read their Bible together or have a family devotional.
32% of our students and parents rarely or never talk about God or religious themes.
37% of our students rarely or never pray on their own outside of meals.
50% of our students rarely or never read their Bible outside of church or a Bible class.
37% of our students rarely or never talk about God to their friends.
Do you see how closely they are related? When I went through the surveys the parallel between the two were undeniable. As the parents go so go the kids.