Scott & Sarah Kennedy

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Some Thoughts

I was reading a paper Geoff Macpherson had done on youth ministry today. In it he commented on how the entertainment industry saw teens as a lucrative market. Because of this young people are often held back and tied to immaturity and dependence. He quotes Mark DeVries (Family-Based Youth Ministry):-

'As the bridge from childhood to adulthood gets longer and longer, young people find themselves mired in a peer-centred culture that no longer moves them naturally into adulthood. And unless they can find their foot to step out of that culture, they can be stuck in perpetual adolescence."

7 Comments:

  • On the money. Craig Hill of "Family Foundations" has a lot of good biblical stuff to say about progressing through stages of maturity (with examples of how Jewish culture gets it right), and how our culture totally misses it

    By Anonymous ropata, at 2:44 AM, March 01, 2006  

  • I like being immature

    By Anonymous Jonathan, at 12:59 PM, March 01, 2006  

  • In some cases it appears that the bridge is getting shorter and shorter. I went to the mall the other night to buy some tickets from ticketek and everywhere I look I see young girls trying to dress like adults. I can't help but think 'When I was your age my favourite item of clothing was my mickey mouse t-shirt!'.

    By Anonymous Alexandra, at 4:09 PM, March 01, 2006  

  • Is this a case of clothes make the woman?

    By Anonymous Scotty, at 9:23 AM, March 02, 2006  

  • Interesting...
    I happen to think Youth Groups perpetuate the problem of kids not growing up, because they generally don't teach youth how to work with the church as a body of believers as well as with a group of other youths. This can be seen by the way of lot of twenty and going on thiry-year-olds never end up leaving youth group as followers!
    Also the term 'teenager' is a relatively new word, back in the day kids turned into young men and women (Ref to Pride and Prejudice, also Anne of Green Gables).

    By Anonymous Alana, at 7:41 PM, March 06, 2006  

  • Excellent point Alana. Makes a lot of sense to stuff I observed :)

    Scott... you have more work to do now ;-) lol

    By Anonymous Allan, at 2:23 AM, March 07, 2006  

  • hehe im surprised you havent started a wedding date countdown on here...

    By Anonymous Silla, at 4:28 PM, March 18, 2006  

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