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Place-Sharing in Youth Ministry

So many times, in youth ministry, we try to put on a performance to attract youth. We hold fun events, play contemporary music, do extravagant set designs for the stage and youth room, and more. Now, none of these are bad. They are great tools. However, ministry is about relationships. We have to practice relational ministry. In order for a youth leader to reach an adolescent, they must build a relationship. According to Bonhoeffer, relationships are what hold the church and the world together. We have to enter deeply into each other’s lives and become place-sharers.

The Best Church Websites Start Here

These days, more and more churches are utilizing a church website (and even a social presence! High adventure indeed!) We have never lived in a time where information is so accessible (Daniel 12:4). Churches can and should take advantage of the digital tools at their disposal to broadcast to the world what they believe.

Making a website for a church can help to overcome anonymity and become recognized by its community. Many churches have great youth groups, inspiring and uplifting worship services and regular community events. However, without being able to spread the word effectively, these church activities may go unnoticed and suffer very little participation.

Victim Blaming

I have often wondered why it is so easy to fall into victim blaming. I have never understood why victims are drug through the mud. This reaction happens in society and within the church, which should be the safest place to share our burdens without being cast aside. When a sexual assault victim comes forward and tells their story years later, they are asked why they didn’t report it at the time, why they hid it or even questioned about their motivation for sharing now. When a person reports being raped, they are often asked if they were sober, why they were alone and questions such as what were they wearing or if there was anything they think they could have done differently to prevent the attack. When a domestic violence victim shares their story, they are asked why they haven’t left yet. Since the responses are pretty similar from society and the church, I wonder why. Aren’t we called to respond differently than the world?