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An Article Worth Reading

April 6, 2011

The Youth Specialties web site at http://www.youthspecialties.com has just posted an artice titled: Derailing Spiritual Development by Phil Prendergast. It is short taking up only 2 pages but should be read by every youth ministry student on the planet. The thesis of the article is a warning to be careful in sharing publicly with students under your pastoral care your personal issues of faith development. Including your personal adult level Biblical, Theological and Philosophical questions and wrestling. Phil does a great job of encouraging ongoing faith formation within the context of ministry but focusing on the needs of students rather than processing inapproperate levels of content with students unable to developmentaly deal with issues important to ministry development. With the recent publishing of Rob Bell’s latest book this article is amazingly timely for all in Christian community and ministry contexts. My thought is by all means read Rob’s book but don’t process or share it with students who don’t have the background to reflectivly interact with the subtlies of the theological arguments presented. By all means read and talk about the book with a group of ministry peers but NOT your students.

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