For some time now, youth ministry in our churches has needed a makeover. Many have been concerned that the average American evangelical youth ministry is high on entertainment, low on biblical/theological instruction, and tends to separate youth into their own sub-culture apart from their families and the rest of the church.
Now certainly this isn’t true of every youth ministry (or youth pastor). There are many solid, faithful, biblical youth pastors who just want to love teenagers and lead them to follow Christ.
Even so, Reformed theology has not seemed to penetrate the world of youth ministry as it has college ministry and general adult ministry.
For this reason, I am thankful for Wes Andrews (class of 2012) who is the next installment in our Where Are They Now? alumni series. Wes is a youth pastor who has allowed Reformed theology to inform all aspects of his ministry to youth. It is exciting to see how God is using him to reach youth and families without all the gimmicks our culture typically expects. [Read more…]