Christian Post (Quoting @UYWILarry): No Time for Passive Youth Ministry

The Christian Post reported on Reload 1.2.3 last Monday. Here’s an excerpt:

Youth are being empowered in gangs and dying in the streets, yet Larry Acosta of Urban Youth Workers Institute finds many churches giving teens nothing more than the role of passing the offering plates every fifth Sunday.

“Are you kidding me?” he said during the institute’s youth worker training event, Reload 1.2.3. in Bronx, N.Y.

“You need to empower youth to lead with real ministry opportunities,” he exhorted. “I’m talking next generation leaders empower[ing] youth to teach Bible studies, to lead small groups.” …

“We want you to know that we believe in you,” he told next generation leaders. “We need you … to rise up and lead the church into the future. You’re alive at this time in history at such a time as this. We need you to help us complete the Great Commision in the cities, in the … neighborhoods, in the projects, in the parks, in the places where too many from my generation are afraid to go.”

Full article here.

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