Jonathan McKee wrote an excellent article at thesource4ym.com (link below). Having been both a youth pastor in three local churches and now working for a para-church ministry this article resonates with me. What do you think. One thing that really jumped out at me was a quote by Chap Clark who is a professor of youth & family ministries at Fuller Theological Seminary, author of the book Hurt: Inside the World of Teenagers, and long-time veteran of Young Life.
"’Young Life is an expression of the Body of Christ reaching out to the world, and so they are an extension of the Church."
Para-Church ministries are part of the local church. There shouldn’t be any competition, and our kingdom building gets in the way of the true Kingdom. What do you think?
(HT: Gerrard Fess)