This series is adapted from a paper that I wrote for a youth ministry class in Fall 2010. Posts in this series will appear on Tuesdays for as long as it takes to get through the content in manageable pieces. Enjoy!
Andrew Root poses a question in his book Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry asking, “Where then is Jesus Christ?” to which he immediately responds, “He is in the concrete place of where the I meets the you, where persons meet persons” (Root, Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, 115). This statement is the very essence of incarnational youth ministry. When the youth minister allows Jesus Christ himself to be present in the sacred space of relationships with young people, transformation and faith formation is able to take place. With that said, it is necessary to return once again to where this whole discussion began. Youth ministry must be understood as incarnational, built upon a solid theological foundation, informed by cultural concerns, and find its home in engaging parents as the faith formers of their children.
So, what are your thoughts? How do you identify incarnational ministry? How do you practice such ministry in your church, in your life, in your relationships?