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Youth ministry leader and author Dave Fenton says youth in Britain are not being reached by trendy youth ministers chosen according to age rather than ability to touch kids’ lives.

“Why do we say youth leaders have to be cool, to dress in a certain way? And why are we so reluctant to teach [youth] the Bible?” Fenton posed at a recent gathering in England. “So often in churches, we are looking for quick fixes.”

As a result, youth are entertained rather than taught anything.

Parents need to rethink what they want their children to get out of church, he said. “What about content? Are we teaching them the Bible?”

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