The #1 Danger in Student Discipleship: When the Essential Becomes Optional

by Dr. Scott Pace

D6 Family Ministry Journal (Volume 4)





We are living in and leading a YAHOO generation. An acrostic name often assigned to this popular internet search engine describes the mentality our culture has conditioned them to adopt – “Y-ou A-lways H-ave O-ther O-ptions.” While teenagers can enjoy a variety of choices when it comes to Starbucks drinks, PopSockets, Fortnite skins, or their favorite style of ripped jeans, this preference-oriented approach to life can be misleading when it comes to their spiritual development. As parents and youth leaders, we may be tempted to look for alternative means to disciple our students based on their preferences. But, the truth is, when it comes to spiritual growth, there is no substitute for Scripture.

R. Scott Pace, Ph.D., currently serves at the Johnny Hunt Chair of Preaching and the Director for the Center of Preaching and Pastoral Leadership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He is the author of several books, including his most recent volume, co-authored with Ed Newton, Student Ministry by the Book: Biblical Foundations of Student Ministry.