Unintentionally, the net effect of youth ministry has been largely to alienate younger generations from the ordinary life and ministry of the church.
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 184
So it’s not surprising perhaps that, like the culture generally, many churches deemed most “alive” and “cutting-edge” reflect a near obsession with youth. My mentor, James Montgomery Boice, used to say that instead of the more biblical pattern of children growing toward maturity, churches were turning adults into children. Positively, this youthful orientation provided energy and zeal, but it also changed our spiritual ecology.
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 46-47
No matter what we hold on paper as sound evangelical doctrine, a steady diet of moralsitic preaching, youth ministry, Sunday school, devotional literature and outreach will always produce churches filled with practicing Pelagians.
– Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 152