This following is taken from Marko’s blog on innovations i’m convinced are needed in youth ministry:
models and practices for non-professional youth workers
sorry to be the doomsday guy, but the era of professional youth workers is going away, eventually. it might linger longer in certain denominations (like, southern baptist) or geographies (like, the south); but it’s on the decline, and it’s not going to return.
small churches, of course, have long done youth ministry without paid staff. but mid-sized to large white, suburban churches (where the majority of paid youth workers exist) have no idea how to even think about youth ministry without paid staff; and very soon, the money is just not going to be there.
I love and whole-heatedly agree on Marko’s first two points (not quoted here). I reluctantly see this third point – and it saddens me on some level, being what I have built my life doing. My question, based on Marko’s point of contextualization would be for those in the Midwest and particularly in the Chicago area, do you agree with this and how do you see how this may evolve in the near future?