In all of my years of being a Christian (I received Christ as an adult), I've never heard anyone talk about what I am going to present here. There is a lot of talk from emergents to Third Wave Charismatics, as well as in other church movements about youth being "missional." Youth are supposed to jump at this chance to practice "relational evangelism." I think relational evangelism is great. However, are we really seeing our youth jump at this chance? A few are evangelizing their schoolmates. But there are always a few who do. What about the rest of the Christian youth? The majority?
What no youth pastor, youth movement director or others working with Christian youth want to confront - and it is always the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge - - is.........the middle school/junior high/high school societal groupings. The common vernacular for this is cliques. You know - - the jocks, the dweebs, the nerds, the druggies, the hip-hoppers, the cheerleaders, the student body officer types, and so forth. IN fact, recently there is now on campus "Christian" cliques. TO ask our youth to transcend these groupings IMO is nigh impossible and somewhat cruel, if there is no direction and solutions given. And I never see that direction coming forth from the churches or youth ministries. They basically never talk about it.
So, does anyone out there have any solutions to this dilemma? What should we tell our Christian youth about relating to those "outside their group?" How can they start conversations with members of a different clique than their own? Or can they?
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