What if evangelical youth ministry has got it all wrong?

Like many other people reading this magazine, I’ve invested well over a decade of my life into youth ministry. And while I’m increasingly uncomfortable with the label, there’s no doubting that I’ve done so as part of a broadly evangelical movement. Some key phrases seem to sum up that approach: we want to “reach and keep” teenagers; to “make disciples”; see them “filled with the Holy Spirit” and ultimately to get them to move from being “unchurched” to “churched”. 

There’s one more buzzword that we often talk about in evangelical circles, and it’s one that belies our current sense of limited success in evangelising...

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