Examination of Models of Youth Ministry Programs

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Examination of Models of Youth Ministry Programs
Introduction
This study conducts an examination of several models of youth ministry programs including the Inclusive Congregational Approach, the Preparatory Approach, The Missional Approach, the Strategic Approach, Practical Theology as Youth Ministry, and the Incarnational Approach.
I. The Inclusive Congregational Approach
Main Elements of this Model
The inclusive congregational approach is one that includes youth in the church as full members of the church rather than simply an extension of the church. The implications for the church that includes youths as full participants in the church include that the congregation "will never think of the faith life of youths separately from the faith life of adult members." (Rejoinder, nd) Insights of this Model
Rejoinder states that the individual does not have to reach a specific age "before God becomes interested in them and starts working with and through them. Youth are part of the congregation's service to God because they share in God's relationship with his people and are incorporated into the congregation." (nd) The second stated implication for the church with the inclusive youth ministry is that youths "will not become a separate group within the congregation" and as such are not set apart from the rest of the congregation even while youth are "unique and have distinct characteristics." (Rejoinder, nd) The church with the inclusive youth ministry is one in which
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