Is the Church’s Obsession With Youth Ministry Beneficial?

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. ┬áMy 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. ┬áPositively, 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


These Kind of Churches Produce Those Kind of “Christians”

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