2015 General Conference Session Report: Dr. Pipim’s Commentary & Analysis

[CLICK ON TITLE ABOVE TO BEGIN READING]   “When truth is presented to an honestly mistaken person, they either cease to be mistaken or cease to be honest.” —Samuel Koranteng-Pipim “My appreciation goes to all of you who’ve been reading my commentary and analyses of the  GC Session in...

I Will Not Be Silent

  [Dr. Pipim attended the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. While there, he shared with his global circle of friends (on Facebook and on mailing list) his observations and analyses of significant theological actions taken at the Session. After sharing Part 4 of his report (whic...

COURAGE: Taking A Stand on Women's Ordination

  Dr. Pipim's Latest Book (Available as a FREE PDF download or obtain your PRINT copy or EBOOK)    "Truth enlightens those who are willing to receive it and brings out the true nature of those opposed to it!" --Samuel Koranteng-Pipim  The question of women’s ordination is a defining issue for ...

Attracting Youth To Church PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Honestly Mistaken
When presented with the truth, an honestly mistaken will either cease to be mistaken (if he loves truth) or cease to be honest (if he has no respect for truth). This section of drpipim.org will present the truth about some honestly mistaken ideas in the church. Keep checking up for more honestly mistaken notions.


Attracting Youth
It is an honestly mistaken assumption that the best way to attract and keep young people in the church is to adopt entertainment-oriented youth ministry programs—e.g., clowns, puppets, rock music, watered-down Bible messages, etc. This notion is, however, counteracted by an insightful article that appeared in TIME magazine (October 31, 2006) titled "In Touch With Jesus.” In that article, the author explains why "sugarcoated, MTV-style youth ministry is so over. Bible-based worship is packing teens in pews now." The author writes:

"Youth ministers have been on a long and frustrating quest of their own over the past two decades or so. Believing that a message wrapped in pop-culture packaging was the way to attract teens to their flocks, pastors watered down the religious content and boosted the entertainment. But in recent years churches have begun offering their young people a style of religious instruction grounded in Bible study and teachings about the doctrines of their denomination. Their conversion has been sparked by the recognition that sugarcoated Christianity, popular in the 1980s and early '90s, has caused growing numbers of kids to turn away not just from attending youth-fellowship activities but also from practicing their faith at all." (You can read the entire article on the website:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1552027,00.html )


In our own church, the emergence of grassroots young peoples’ movements (such as GYC) offers compelling proof that serious young people prefer Bible-based, life-transforming, and mission-driven programs to the entertainment-approaches offered them by some adult youth leaders.

 
[For more on this, visit the GYC website (www.gycweb.org) and read "The Clarification Statement"]