My favorite show on television would have to be Mythbusters. It just pushes all of the right buttons (science, knowledge, urban legends, blowing stuff up, power tools, you know the guy things). So I was sitting her sort of half watching a rerun and thought, what would a youth ministry mythbusters look like? What are some of the big Myths about youth ministry that we could debunk or prove to be true? Here are a few off the top of my head, add your own if you would like.

Myth One: Big, cooler, louder youth ministries attract more students

Myth Two: Modern students aren’t interested in absolute truth

Myth Three: Youth ministries should be segregate from the rest of the church

Myth Four: Student leaders are the key to a thriving youth ministry

Myth Five:  High school students should be encouraged to engage in in-depth discipleship

These last two are actually some that I would like to study. I have heard good and bad points on both sides. I remember reading in some youth specialties book about how high school students weren’t ready to dive into deep discipleship like they are in college. (I may be wrong on my source) So any other ideas? 

5 thoughts on “Mythbusters

  • February 20, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    On myth #5: How do you define in-depth discipleship? Depending on your definition, I would suggest that any discipleship that doesn’t help form us in the image of Jesus isn’t discipleship.

    Here’s another question to consider, what is the difference between discipleship and spiritual formation?

    High school students are expeected to learn Chemistry, Calculus, US Government, compose music, and design web-based applications.

    Have we lowered the bar on our expectations spiritually?

    Have we lowered the bar on ourselves as disciplers?

  • February 20, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Go to for great youth discipleship tools, and yes after over 20 years of YM, discipleship is the most important thing we can do!


  • February 20, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    I am not saying that discipleship isn’t important. I was just throwing out ideas that have been said about youth ministry.

    With that said, I think you can make an argument that an 8th grader may have some real trouble with the level of commitment and understanding that you would expect from an adult or even a college student. Not because the 8th grader has any deficiencies, but because she hasn’t seen as much of life and doesn’t know as much about herself.

    (No one has a problem with the 4th myth?)

  • February 21, 2008 at 3:24 AM

    thanks for the creative prayer journal.
    we actually used one of your ideas in our adult service last sunday.
    ill be blogging more about the book, as i dive more into it.

  • February 21, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    You asked if any one has a problem with myth 4? I (in my humble opinion) like student leaders as mentors and examples…ie hanging out with new kids not because they "have to" but because they get to and want to. Also like you said in some of the things you love, as in their example of losing themselves in worship for that moment is a great thing for a young teen to see. I don’t know that they are "key" but they are a blessing to the ministry.


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