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A Weed in the Church

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Recent statistics suggest that between 65% and 85% of “Christian” youth leave the church when they enter college. This is a well-recognized crisis, but the cause of this crisis will surprise many. In his new book, A Weed in the Church, Scott Brown identifies the problem — age-segregated youth ministry — and says it is a weed growing in the church that needs to be rooted ou ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (first published 2010)
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Justine Bowtell-Harris
Such great truth in this book. This truth is backed up with so many scriptures, all questioning statements are answered and it really does leave you thinking “how have I fallen into this age segregation trap?”

One of my favourite quotes was “What if you corrupt a whole age group, an entire generation, while you are slowly seeking to change the course you are currently on?”

When we a dealing with the spirits of our children and the youth in the body we can’t afford to make change slowly. How many m
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J.E. Jr.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be a mixed bag. On the one hand, I agree with both the underlying premises and the hoped-for end result of this book, and appreciate that the author used ample Scripture references to demonstrate them. I’d love to know that more pastors and others in the church were aware of the problems of highly-programmatic youth ministry and children’s ministry, and were willing to pursue greater biblical faithfulness in exercise of care for the younger generations in the church.

On the o
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Adam Gray
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What has caused our churches to become so age-segregated and youth ministry to be almost untouchable by even the most Christ-centered of critics? In this book Scott takes an in-depth and often painful examination of age-segregation, what has led to it in today's churches, and the immense ramifications it has played. This book bases itself not on the pragmatic principles of a single man but on the sole sufficiency of Scripture. Grab your Bible and prepare to be challenged.
Danny
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some of my favorite quotes as I finished A Weed in the Church by Scott Brown

"Titus 2 does not describe a one-to-many ministry of the church that requires a program to fulfill; rather, it pictures a personal, one-on-one ministry of Christians to one another – older men teaching younger men and older women teaching younger women. There is no indication that systematic, age-segregated, peer-group-oriented training was involved. This is simply a command to Christians to participate in personal, inte
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Anthony Thames
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We live in an age where the plain Gospel of Jesus Christ is not good enough for people. The church has become an entertainment mecca with the primary focus on the "youth". I still believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation! I still believe that the Bible is the only rule of faith and rule to govern our lives. Sadly, the Gospel has taken a back seat to the "modern" ministry techniques.

This brings me to "A Weed in the Church" by Scott Brown. I just finished it and it hi
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Isaac Alan Portz
Apr 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
If you actually do the research you will find out that it is likely Jesus was a youth pastor. His disciples would likely have been teenagers except for Peter who was probably around 20.

1. People in Jesus' time were considered adults at age 12
2. Peter is the only one married
3. Peter is often noted speaking first which is a sign of respect for elders
4. Only four-drachma coin paid for the temple tax in Mat 17:24-27 and if you read Ex. 30:14 you know that only people over 20 have to pay that tax
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Brandi Harvey
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I agree with other reviews I've read of this book. While I think the general thought is, indeed, accurate, I found the author a bit heavy-handed with it. A good read, but read it with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, rather than writing disclaimers in the beginning, the writer tends to throw the baby out with the bath water and then go searching for the baby. If you are planning on reading it, know that ahead of time. Understand that after he bashes everything we are doing, he then goes back and ...more
Warren
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book thoughtfully and realistically addresses the truths about modern day "youth groups" and compares them to how God instructs the teaching of the youth, concluding that ultimately student ministries are simply unbiblical. The church is to be an ocean of grace and a light to the world, but we are still not absolutely perfect. Sometimes, we as members of the body of Christ have to address our own flaws and take actions to improve so in turn, we can be units of which God uses to reach other ...more
Paul
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"As I have watched what has happened in most of our churches, I have become convinced that Scott Brown is far more right than wrong on this matter. I, for one, am extraordinarily grateful that he has gone to the trouble to write this book and articulate the position. May God grant that many will listen to it before our families are totally lost and with them the churches also. Our families simply must have some time when they worship and study together.”

Dr. Paige Patterson, President of Southwes
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Lynnea
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I borrowed this book from a friend and just skimmed through it. I read some sections thoroughly and skipped others, as they are not relevant to me at this time. But here are a couple great points I took from the book:

*"It is crucial to avoid compromising the message of Scripture, both in what we say and in how we say it." (pl. 49)

*Siting Leviticus 10: 1-3 "God did not say, 'I told you not to do that.' He said in effect, 'I did not tell you to do that.' Consider how many things the church is doin
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Robin
Jun 13, 2012 added it
A great book! This book is very challenging. I initially picked it up thinking I needed to read something out of my comfort zone and I am sure glad I did. though it has brought me to a point where I have re-evaluate pretty much everything I do for a living (at least how I do it) I am glad to have read it and am prayerfully considering its implications to my life and ministry. I would strongly recommend reading this book to anyone in youth ministry and/or church ministry in general.
Jason
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Slightly disappointing. I had hoped that this book would carefully seek to break new ground in the debate between "family-integrated," "family-based," and "family-equipping" models of youth ministry. Instead, it is designed to popularize the views of the family-integrated proponents. The book raises good points to consider; however, I would criticize it for historical inaccuracies and biblically questionable assertions.
Jeff
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Over all tone could be less argumentative and more love for those whom he disagree's with could be shown. However, the arguments are sounds and need to be dealt with if you are taking an age segregated approach.
David Steele
Oct 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Talk about a weed!
Ben
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am about 40% done and it has been a compelling read thus far.
Jordan
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Prescient and relevant. The case made in the book is solid.
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"I help people think through the two greatest institutions God has provided — the church and the family. I desire to learn what is pleasing to the Lord and to work for their continuous reformation according to Scripture." -Scott Brown
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“Parents no longer walk beside their children. Instead, children walk beside other children and surrogates. Somehow, it seems acceptable to us that thirteen-year-olds influence thirteen-year-olds. In fact, we often ask them to! As a result, we have a generation of youth who are not being directed by mature adults but by themselves and the prevailing youth culture. The rising generations are being left to themselves. This is sinful behavior as Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” Sadly, we now live in a culture that thinks it is good for fools to walk with fools.” 2 likes
“Youth ministers have usurped the roles of fathers, and fathers have gladly relegated their duty to youth ministers without a fight or affliction of conscience. The harsh reality of our secular age is that an entire generation is without fathers who will walk beside them and teach them the Word of God. Because fathers would not train their children, we (the modern church) have risen up to do it for them. The practical result is that fathers are eliminated from the discipleship equation, and the church facilitates and endorses the practice. Because man’s ways are never better than God’s, this was not an upgrade. This practice of usurping the father’s role has instead generated an unrelenting cycle of the breakdown of fatherly leadership in the home.” 0 likes
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