The church faces the same issue as many public schools: Who helps with the homework when the student goes home? How much of it gets lost or forgotten by the next day of school because there is no reinforcement within the family? The challenge for youth ministry is to consider how we equip the “home” (however it may be defined) to reinforce spiritual formation.
We define “home” in this context as the place of primary care for a youth—the place where they receive the basic necessities such as shelter, food, and protection. We do not automatically make the assumption that all youth have a home or family where spiritual formation can or will happen. Therefore, it may be the role of the youth worker to advocate for some kind of “family” for all youth, such as an adopted family of adults in the church who covenant to care for a teen whose parents may not be connected to the faith. Even in situations where a young person does have a supportive family, the youth worker may face the challenge of parents who are intimidated at the thought of providing spiritual formation for their youth. For parents who feel ill-equipped in this area how, do we coach them to be able to guide their own children (and how well can this work when youth ministers themselves are often emerging adults who are not parents)?
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CYMT’s new partnership with CSM, City Service Mission, opens doors to impact more students across the country, and this is only the beginning. Continuing to believe that we are better together, CYMT has partnered with CSM to bring a “Collide-like” experience to cities across the nation. This partnership allows CYMT to live into our gifts of developing a theologically rich curriculum that enables students to reflect using the WOW Theological Method, ultimately creating a mission trip experience that is much more than a week of community service.
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