It Takes a Greenhouse

Posted: January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
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“It takes a greenhouse to nurture the souls of young people – a greenhouse formed by adults who want to know God. A young person’s faith is best tended by a variety of relationships within a Christian community.” Mark Yaconelli   

My mentor has said for decades that there are only two things necessary for youth ministry to take place.   Adults passionately in love with Jesus(1) who choose to authentically love students with intentionality and appropriate vulnerability(2). 

Research by Search Institute http://www.search-institute.org/ demonstrates that every student needs 5 caring adults in their life.  Adults who know them by name and love them unconditionally. 

How do/should these truths change the face of “normal” youth ministry?  What difference do/should they make in the choices we make with our time in our families?  How does/should this change our response to the teens within our sphere of influence?

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