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Ministry Mutiny Principle 6 – Build on values not fads

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Greg Stier

“Well, to be honest, I was hoping for something a little fresher, a little newer than just the purpose driven stuff.” Ty admitted with an edge of disappointment in his voice.“And therein lies the problem, Ty. I believe that over the last few years many youth leaders have grown tired of these timeless truths and have been on the search for something new. But as our old friend Solomon reminds us again there is nothing new under the sun. As a matter of fact, if you think about it, all the ministry mutiny principles I’ve taught you so far are old truths, the ancient ones, straight from the pages of Scripture. I’m not trying to invent or re-invent any laws. I’m simply trying to find better and fresher ways of putting them into practice.”“You’re right, I guess. But if these truths are timeless then why isn’t youth ministry at large working effectively when it comes to truly capturing the hearts of teenagers for Christ beyond graduation?” Ty asked.

Tony nodded his head in agreement. “Because putting these principles into action takes hard work. Changing lives always does. I think that when faced with the daunting task of putting these truths into practice in the bloody, muddy battlefield of real life or the choice of bowing before the gods of the next new thing, many youth leaders choose the second as an easier option.”

excerpt from Ministry Mutiny…A Youth Leader Fable


  • Why do some youth leaders “bow before the gods of the next new thing” when it comes to youth ministry?
  • Why is it so tempting to look for the next perfect program, fad or “movement” than just put the timeless principles of God’s Word into action?
  • How can we be culturally relevant and Biblically solvent (rock solid) when it comes to building our youth ministry model?
  • Agree/Disagree:  God’s Word contains everything we need to reach and transform the postmodern culture. Why or why not?

Comment on the 6 Youth Ministry Principles of Ministry Mutiny

  1. Listen for God’s Whisper
  2. Get Real
  3. Go Wide
  4. Grow Deep
  5. No More Outsourcing!
  6. Build on Values, Not Fads
  7. What principles did I miss, get wrong, understate or overstate?

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