MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 12

Youth Culture & the Church

Mardi Keyes, from the Southborough, Massachusetts branch of L’Abri Fellowship, explains how modern assumptions about the nature of adolescence differ from a biblical understanding of human development. She also describes ways in which intergenerational fellowship within the Church can deter many adolescent crises. Then pastor Mark DeVries describes the ideas in his book Family-Based Youth Ministry74 minutes.

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    Mardi Keyes: Why real work by kids contributing to the household economy is important
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    The demands of imagining one’s life’s work from scratch, without any inherited trajectory
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    A theology of growing up
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    Independent members of a community versus radical independence (and the opportunity for the Church)
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    How advertising to children alienates them from their parents
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    The people who need most to think about the meaning of adolescence are those just starting their families
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    Why churches shouldn’t be afraid of being counter-cultural
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    Introduction: Mark DeVries
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    Mark DeVries: Evidence that parents are decisive influences in the spiritual maturity of their children
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    Dynamic youth ministries without a foundation of parental and congregational commitment won’t work
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    Even service projects can be commodities
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    Why youth pastors are nervous about this approach
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    This is not a program; there are not 3 easy steps