During a presentation of developmental and spiritual assets in youth ministry, the presenter said that “You cannot have healthy youth ministry without a healthy congregation.”
It was one of those statements that I immediately took exception to. I’ve done healthy youth ministry in churches that weren’t particularly healthy. Most of us who have spent any time in youth ministry have done so in the context of a dysfunctional congregation. We’ve known the senior pastor who expected quality ministry (usually translated as lots of kids) without congregational health or connection. How many churches, after all, section youth off to their own wing of the building, if not build them their own building?
Here’s another way to put it: the healthier the congregation, the healthier the youth ministry can become. We youth ministers all realize, don’t we, that our efforts and work are limited in many ways by the health, support, and involvement of the congregation.
Do you think the health of youth ministry is dependent upon the health of the congregation?