"Wheatstone calls young people to a life of holiness – this is the way that we will transform our culture."
Director, MA Cultural Apologetics
Houston Baptist University
1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
Why does inviting youth into Christian adulthood matter?
Everyone becomes an adult
Our mission matters because it could apply to everyone. Not everyone will get married, or have children, or experience poverty, or be placed in a position of leadership, but everyone will face the transition to adulthood if they live long enough. Everyone could be invited into Christian adulthood. We could talk about adulthood from the pulpit at least as frequently as we talk about marriage or parenting or leadership, and with greater confidence that it matters to the people we serve. Neglecting the topic hasn't served us well, but pursuing the topic could yield great fruit.
Youth Ministry isn't finished
Our mission matters because it completes a good work. For a few decades, churches have changed the way they ministered to youth, with incredible results. First, we found new ways to communicate the good news to youth who need to hear it. Then, we corrected some oversimplifications through a refined focus on apologetics and key topics. But the work is still young, and there's more to be done.
Wheatstone's mission completes the youth ministry picture by calling ministers to give as much attention to the end of youth ministry as we have given to its beginning and to its content. Since the work we've done on youth ministry has been so good, we have a responsibility to finish it well.
raising HOPE for tomorrow
Nothing could be better for the future of our society than a generation of people committed to maturity in Christ. People who strive to live like Jesus lives, and to glorify him in their communities. Wheatstone's mission is important because it offers hope for the future by investing in rising generations.