Church Rules & Youth Ministries

“Youth ministry is dangerous. When you and I are trying to follow Jesus we’re going to get into trouble. Trouble-making is what discipleship looks like. Our role is not to create nice, compliant American citizens ready to get a good job and have 2.4 kids. Our job is to introduce young people to the life-ruining Jesus who causes nothing but trouble.

“Listen … if your church doesn’t have a rule made just because of your youth ministry (no soccer in the sanctuary, no orange punch in fellowship hall), you aren’t letting Jesus be first place in your ministry. Trouble is the yout worker’s middle name.” – The late Mike Yaconelli, founder of Youth Specialties

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