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Since youth culture globally is very diverse, so are the varieties and philosophies of youth ministry. Whether nurturing relationships and spiritual lives of students in faith communities, or reaching alienated or high-risk youth outside, there is always the challenge of digging deeper into lives and stretching horizons.
Spirituality describes the inner orientation of one’s life. One may live for self (possibly a form of narcissism) or for a fragmented (and idolized) portion of the universe.
Many young people therefore, create their own, sometimes injurious, markers of leaving childhood and entering adulthood. It is helpful, then, to get a sense of the meaning of childhood.
In the throes of an increasingly disturbing heroin epidemic, many neighborhoods, counties, and states across the United States are desperate for a solution to the mounting crisis.