Radically local but intentionally global
Our understanding of mission within youth ministry should be highly contextualized at the local level but also open to learning from the global context. The challenge within this approach is to practice co-mission: seeing ourselves as called to share what we have with others but also ready to receive what others have to share and teach us (both in local and global contexts). Locally this means that youth ministry needs to work cooperatively with partners already “on the ground” in our contexts who know which needs need to be met. Youth workers will also need to widen their focus to the needs of youth worldwide and to resist the current paradigm in which the majority of youth ministry resources are serving a very small percentage of the world’s youth. Youth workers will have to consider how the church is called to respond in partnership with the growing segment of underserved or un-served youth populations.
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