Is youth ministry biblical? PART 3

Is youth ministry biblical? PART 3

Hopefully by now you’re familiar with the American short film called Divided. It comes from the NCFIC (National Centre for Family Integrated Churches) and it makes the case against segregated youth ministry as it has no basis in scripture and is founded upon pagan evolutionary principles.

If you missed my first two posts, you can find them here: PART 1 and PART 2.

One of the things that really bothered me was the obvious bias in the film. It became quite clear that the young filmmaker wasn’t so much on a journey to discover the truth, he had already made up his mind, so what followed wasn’t going to be an impartial investigation. Tim Challies reviewed the DVD on his site and has done a great job articulating some of my observations. I recommend a look.

One of the things Challies points out is the fact that Leclerc sets the intellectual heavies of FIC against “a girl with a face full of piercings who partied so hard at the concert that her mohawk collapsed” – it’s a false and unfair dichotomy based on a cliché.

Next time, I’m planning on looking at the whole issue of ‘win-them-with-fun’ youth ministry.