This morning I am speaking at the International Conference on Missions in Indianapolis before flying to Dallas for the National Youth Workers Convention. Aaron Arnold of Youth Hope is leading a preconference session on global youth ministry and asked me to come in and share some reflections about it after editing the book Global Youth Ministry: Reaching Adolescents Around the World (YS Academic).
I’ve been thinking about what to share regarding global youth ministry. Here are my main challenges to those who attend today:
- Most American youth workers remain uninterested in global youth ministry.
- Global youth workers remain skeptical of American interests.
- Global youth ministry can be unusually territorial.
- Effective global youth ministry needs to be ecumenical.
- Christian global youth workers must be keen to Christian theology.
- Global youth (its growth and impact) will be one of the top issues facing the church in the 21st century…..
- ….. and the church largely unprepared for it.
What do you think about these? What would you question? What would you add?