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Youth Ministry from the Outside In

Posted on 5 September 2014 Gavin Glenn

We tend to organize our youth ministry from the inside out.

Prefab approaches that focus on the interior makeup of our youth may make for good youth group members, but do they make for good, whole people created by God in love?

What if our identity is shaped and cultivated not internally and privately but in the relationships we inhabit – each with their own distinctives and demands – and in the overlapping stories we find ourselves in? Our inside-out approach to youth ministry, it turns out, may be pushing the faith of our youth to the margins of their lives.

Brandon McCoy mines the insights of social construction theory to help us locate Christ not in our hearts but in our midst. Approaching youth ministry from the outside in, we discover our students in a whole new light – and with them, the fullness of our faith.

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