Today 's Church : A New Approach For Contemporary Youth Ministry

903 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
As children grow up they learn a great deal by watching those around them and mimicking what they see. Youth in today 's church are no exception and they will learn to love and follow Christ by observing other faithful disciples. In Presence-Centered Youth Ministry, Mike King proposes a new approach in contemporary youth ministry. A shift from contrived flashy programs to authentic ministry centered in the presence of God. King attempts to demonstrate the traditional time honored disciplines, symbols and practice of the church can help students find a tangible, tactile, applicable and relevant Christian faith. This experience can only be made authentic and accessible when youth leaders and sponsors embodies these practices and allow them to shape their personal faith. Presence-centered youth ministry “is about creating an environment where we and those around us are able to come face to face with God. We 're allowed space to attend to God 's presence.”1 The following is a summary and critique of King 's presence-centered ministry concept considering the model, the practice suggested and the relevance and accessibility of such an approach. King opens Presence-Centered Youth Ministry telling the story of his journey from a ministry model based on leading students to make a decision to a model based on creating a community and environment where youth can experience faith and grow as disciples. As King confesses:
Now I haven 't given a formal “had raising” invitation in…

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