Handling teenagers who feel disconnected from the church

At the D6 Conference I met Josh Robertson, a youth pastor in Minnesota, who told me a story that’s probably all too common in youth ministries around the country. Through a story that he shares in the video below, he realized that most of his youth group feels disconnected from the larger church body. They feel like they’re separate from the church, that the youth group does their thing and the adults do their thing and the adults wouldn’t even notice if the youth weren’t there.

Listen to Josh’s story and share in the comments below what advice you have for him in this situation. I know it’s not unique to Josh, but sometimes moving forward with a solution to this kind of disconnect is easier said that done. Often it’s rooted in values and beliefs that are not easily changed. So how should Josh move forward with this? Your advice could be invaluable for others around the country who are experiencing the same thing. Thank you!

Posted on November 2, 2012

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