Regular readers of this blog will know that for a while now we have been exploring how to turn the child exodus from our church gatherings around. The term “it takes a whole church to raise a child” has been coined in a bid to help every member of the church play their part in the spiritual formation of young people. We have spoken about the key role parents have in this. At our recent Evangelical Alliance council meeting to stir up the debate we put on a debate and asked four youthwork specialists to argue a case. The proposition was “This house believes Sunday schools and Youthworkers should be scrapped.” Those arguing did not necessarily personally believe in their positions – they were asked to present a case. The result was a very lively debate which brought out some of the key issues facing our children’s an youth ministry. Take a look at the video then case your vote….
Benedict Mwendwa is the Salvation Army’s children’s advocate and argues a strong case for abolishing sunday schools on the basis that the encourage segregation and help parents abdicate responsibility.
John Kee argues when something is broken you fix it you don’t abolish it.
Jason Gardner argues that we should scrap youth workers because they stop the rest of the church and parents from building relationships with the church’s young people.
Sarah Wynter argues that specialism is valuable so we should keep our youth workers.