There is a new phrase rattling around the youth ministry world; it is new but it represents an age-old principle that has its roots in the beginnings of the church. This new phrase is SLAMM, which stands for Student Led Adult Mentored Ministry. It is being championed by groups such as Youthmark, Youth Missions International, Christian Endeavor International, and others! Frankly, it is a simple way of saying that adults mentoring and equipping students in ministry is a philosophy that works to produce students who are disciples that take an active part in the kingdom work of creating mor
As a small city minister from central VT I am often asked why I spend so much time studying urban issues. I can totally understand this question because I must admit that I do spend an inordinate amount of time reading urban ministry books, blogs, and studies. This is a practice that started for me while at Moody Graduate School in Chicago and it is a direct result of my time studying theology, practice, and principles of urban ministry with my friend and mentor Dr. John Fuder.
One of the most heartbreaking parts of being a youth minister is watching students decide to walk away from the Lord to “live it up while I am young”. Sure, sometimes students are going to make sinful decisions simply because they are human beings with a sin problem, and frankly that is something we all do. But what I am talking about is the willful decisions to set aside their Christianity so that it ceases to be an impediment to fun. It is a decision that in every case leads to consequences, baggage, and, in to many cases, a complete rejection of Christ.