Humorous example of attractional youth ministry [video]

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I’m not a huge King Of The Hill fan, but this clip is hilarious! A “cool” youth pastor attracts a kid to Jesus, but is that really what the kid is attracted to?

Unfortunately, there’s way too much truth wrapped up in this video. While none our ministries may not come right out and do youth ministry like this, the philosophy behind it often permeates what we do whether we’ve identified it or not.

QUESTION: What stands out to you the most in this video?

For me, the old adage, “What you win them with is what you win them to,” rings true. In fact, I wonder how much of this unintentionally happens on a regular basis just through how we do events, why we do them, and what we unintentionally teach kids through how we do ministry. We think we’re pointing them to Jesus, but what are we really pointing them to? What are we really winning them to? What kind of Jesus are we really showing them?

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Posted on June 16, 2011

  • This is a great video Tim. It's one of the most frustrating things to me in youth ministry, especially as a YP that isn't all into the doing crazy stuff (but sometimes feeling like I'm failing at my job because I'm not).

    It's not that it's not good to show people that they can come to Christ and still have fun and be the same person, that part of it is good, but people definitely get drawn to the leader. I loved the ending part with the box though. That's what stuck out most to me. "I don't want the Lord to end up in this box." Perfect.

    • I like that ending, too. So many kids seem committed to Jesus, but then go to college and put Jesus in the box. I know there are many variables to consider, but in reflecting on our own part, I wonder how much kids are committed to Jesus and how much they're just committed to fitting in with their community at church, which makes it easy to put Jesus in the box when they leave youth group.

  • Ryan B

    ha! I like the ending too, but I really like this line- "can't you see you're not making Christianity better, you're just making rock n' roll worse."

  • This was a great video.. Thinkingf it just might have to make an appearance in the next sermon. Funny thing is this is what I'm fighting in order to get students to do youth ministry instead of me the rocking YM.. Gee what the 90's did to YM. Gotta run the skate park just opened.

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