Sermon of the week: “Evaluating Youth Ministry – An Abolitionist’s View ” by Voddie Baucham.

Are you a YMA (youth ministry abolitionist)? Perhaps after  listening to this sermon by Voddie Baucham, entitled  Evaluating Youth Ministry: An Abolitionist’s View, you too will join the growing ranks of those who are abandoning the train wreck known as youth ministry and return to a family integrated model of biblical worship.

In this message delivered at the 2009 Sufficiency of Scripture Conference, Voddie outlines his three main objections to youth ministry as:

1). Age-segregated youth ministry usurps legitimate authority and responsibility.

2). Age-segregated youth ministry has not accomplished its own stated goals.

3). There is no clear biblical mandate for the current model of age-segregated youth ministry; it simply doesn’t exist. We don’t have our current model of age-segregated youth ministry because we went to the Bible and the Bible showed us clearly that this is how discipleship ought to be accomplished.

If you’re looking for additional information on the utter failure of (and the lack of any biblical teaching, example or precedent for) youth ministry, then check out the following sampling:

My thoughts on youth ministry and Vacation Bible School

Who’s pastoring the youth pastors?

The state of the youth of the church.

Youth ministry: A “50-year failed experiment.”

Why evangelism is so difficult in the United States.

Peanut butter salvation and other stupid church tricks.

Why does everything have to be dumbed down for kids?

The Gospel is supposed to be the stumbling block and offense, not our behavior.

Another church sanctuary turned into a stage for a worldly dance exhibition.

4 thoughts on “Sermon of the week: “Evaluating Youth Ministry – An Abolitionist’s View ” by Voddie Baucham.

  1. If one does not hold tightly to the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, there is no telling how far down the road to apostasy one might go! We tend to love our methods and rituals and fail to examine them in light of God’s Word. I love my pastor’s passion and clarity in helping us do just that – examine what we believe in the light of His glorious Truths.


  2. Thank you so much for posting this sermon as well as the links that accompany it. This may very well help me with a piece that I feel like I’m called upon to write.

    God bless.

    May it all be for His glory,


  3. church buildings, microphones, pulpits, “senior pastors”, clergy/laity, spectators, etc….Do we have a clear cut mandate for much of how we do church today in general?


  4. mel – I think you know the answer to your question, but in case – no. One must study the Bible to discern the Lord’s will for how we structure and operate the local church.


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