The state of youth ministry in the RCA

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Duane Smith


The latest cover of Group magazine (January/February 2009), the world’s most read youth ministry resource boldly declares “The State of Youth Ministry: 639 youth leaders tell us what’s working and what’s not in their ministries.” That’s all I needed to see. As a father of three teens, a youth leader of thirty years, and a current consultant and leadership development coach, I was naturally drawn to the article. Like most who serve and care about youth, I want to know what 639 youth leaders think, feel, and believe about the current state of youth ministry. Specifically, I need to know what’s happening in the world of today’s teens and why so many churches are losing their connection with youth.

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Church work with youth; Church work with young adults; Youth -- Religious life; Young adults -- Religious life; Reformed Church in America