Okay, I've never heard of this movie and I've been a youth worker in the past and hope to again become one once we find a church home here. I'm watching the trailer right now and this looks like an excellent movie on the sad condition of youth ministries. Thank you so much for sharing this link!
H.E.R. Impressions,This movie and concept was quite eye opening for us as a family. I don't know if you are familiar with Pastor Voddie Baucham. He also talks a lot about youth ministry. He says that he does not tell churches to get rid of their youth ministries, but if they do have them…they need to be totally parent centered with parents involved and not a substitute for the family. We are currently involved in a church that does not have a youth ministry and the church fellowships together on a regular basis with the whole family interacting together. We are really enjoying the experience.Blessings to you,Jackie
Thanks so much for letting us know about this link. My husban and I watched it last night with our oldest daughter and we really enjoyed it. It was very well made! I would loke to read the book that goes along with it too. I plan on linking it to our family blog.
Jackie,Thanks for this link. I've not heard of this documentary before. Also, I don't see anywhere to e-mail you, but I just wanted to say I'm thinking of you, and I appreciate your words of encouragement to me in these past days. What a blessing they've been to me. Much love, and I do hope I get to hug your neck in person one day.
Missy,So glad your family enjoyed this.Trisha,Thank you for thinking of me...and your sweet encouragement. I am thinking of you as well during these times.
Mom,Just wanted to thank you for being the best mom in the world.In HIS love,joy liz
Thank you so much for posting this! I have been wanting to watch this for a long time!
I've heard about this documentary, but have not seen it. Hopefully, the link will still work when I desire to watch it. If not, I'll have to end-up buying the video sometime in the future. It's a documentary that I have been interested in seeing.
I'll have to check this out. Haven't heard of it before.
I just watched the movie and it definitely has rocked my thinking on some things and helped me understand this movement better. I'm really going to have to pray about this. I'm praying I can get my husband to watch this with me. Thanks for sharing!
I also wanted to say that I appreciate that our church has the kids in with us for worship, and kids UNDER jr high age can go to Sunday School where they are getting solid bible teaching without being entertained. Jr high and up are in the sermon. Our church has youth group once a week for jr high and up, but the focus is on bible study and again not on entertainment. I really think that in this context, and the fact that we don't expect our church to be responsible for the biblical teaching of our children, that these limited programs can compliment what they are learning at home. I think also the fact that our children are homeschooled and are away from us so little, that it is probably OK for us to let them go to a bible-based Youth Group someday. However, I agree that parents need to be involved and monitoring attitudes and should let the children go as long as they aren't seeing any bad fruit. If bad fruit is being shown, then I would immediately pull them out. All that said, I still want to have my husband watch this with me and we need to pray about this together. Thanks again for confirming some things I've already been feeling and for educating me more on this movement. Blessings!
Jackie,Glad you were able to watch the film. The ultimate decision should come through prayer with your husband. I am sure there are some churches out there that do handle some of these ministries the right way. The key is to definitely watch behavior and make sure that your authority is not being replaced in anyway. May the Lord continue to give you wisdom as you seek the best for your family.In Christ, Jackie
Cheesemakin', thank you for your excellent insight! You captured my thoughts entirely. I hate the thought of just throwing youth group concept out the window. My 2 are both teens now, and are developing their own opinions and decision-making skills. I, for one, grew up attending Sun. school and youth groups (my dad was a minister.) We are still all "in the church," walking with Christ, and were helped, rather than harmed by youth groups. However, I do see a strong, entertainment-driven movement afloat to attract outsiders, which is not the role of churches. In all things within the church, there should be the bond of unity and love, not a list of rules and formulas to follow.
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