A recent article by Andrew Root, posted on the Faith and Leadership blog, reminds the church that young people should be an integral part of any faith community, not a specialized group doing their own thing apart from the whole. Pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote early in the 20th century about the importance of incorporating young people into the life of the larger community, and that message still resonates in our churches today. One of the goals here at Good Shepherd is to get our students involved in the life of our church and our church involved in the lives of our students. It is through participation in the life of the church that Christ transforms us, and our students, and gives us lasting faith. Check out an excerpt of Root's article below, and read the rest here.
"To keep young people in the faith, for example, many today argue that youth should have a privileged place in our churches. Young people, so the argument goes, need a place that more directly forms their identity as “Christian youth,” a place that gives them an identity that will stick during and after their time at college.
Yet Bonhoeffer says we should do the opposite... He says we should not set aside a special place for the young if we really care about their faith formation:
Understand why I was amazed? These are strange words for us today. Ironically, the more anxious we have been about young people leaving the faith, the more we have tried to create a privileged space for them; and the more we have created such a privileged space, the more we have created avenues for them to depart from Christian commitment.
Read the whole article here.
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