an urgent prayer
Tuesday November 29th 2005, 11:11 am
Filed under: youth ministry

please, god, please, please, god, please, please, please and a very, god, don’t let this become the next youth ministry fad.

(ht to mikey at think christian)

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“cuddle party training”


Comment by Deneice 11.29.05 @ 11:43 am

I don’t know what you do at YOUR lock-ins but at ours…

Comment by steve 11.29.05 @ 12:20 pm

It’s the next Youthworker Journal Cover “Cuddling and Postitive Touch”

Comment by Erik 11.29.05 @ 12:29 pm

I want to be the person making the 20 dollars a person

Comment by Clint Walker 11.29.05 @ 2:00 pm

Oh my word, what will people come up with next to satisfy their unknown hunger for a relationship with God?

Comment by Mel 11.29.05 @ 2:35 pm

I think this is an interesting idea, and really very sad.

As far as whether or not it’s “to satisfy their unknown hunger for a relationship with God” — I don’t necessarily agree.

I think it’s a genuine desire for “touch” — for other human connection — for intimacy.

I know that seeking intimacy has been a driving force in my pursuit of community. And I think that, for some, “church” is a place that fulfills that.

I know that God can be present in my life and very fulfilling, but there is still a physical touch and intimate lacking, even in that God-relationship, that I can’t always satisfy.

This trend is evidence to me that we really do need each other. An interesting thing for me to remember when I play lone-renegade Christian girl.

Comment by renee 11.29.05 @ 2:56 pm

This stuff already goes on inside church vans…at least they did when I was growing up (truth be told). Seriously, theres only so much a “hand check” can do. We don’t even do the church van deal here…each student hooks up with an adult driver and (no joking here) the students REQUESTED that they travel in same sex groups. The last trip resulted in the start of our new small group ministry (just food for thought for the smaller youth groups out there).

Comment by Bethany Boring 11.29.05 @ 3:33 pm

i’m seeing a whole line of curriculum that can go along with this. “Welcome to God’s Kuddle Kingdom”. There would be a great dvd to go along with it.

Comment by Jonathon Norman 11.29.05 @ 5:21 pm

I think in some early translations of Luke 2:8, the shepherds are said to be “keeping watch and cuddling with the sheep by night.”

Similar, but… in a way, different. Similar in that it was all in good fun. Different in that those were lonely, cold men that spent eight months of the year hanging with sheep.

Both sad, but one a bit more so.

Comment by Johnch17 11.29.05 @ 6:04 pm

Check out this thread:

Comment by Carl 11.29.05 @ 6:20 pm


Comment by john 11.29.05 @ 8:18 pm

Ugh. That’s really quite disturbing, and very sad.

Comment by DavemSmith 11.29.05 @ 8:28 pm

wow. The rabbit hole keeps getting deeper.

Comment by Aaron 11.29.05 @ 9:51 pm

I am going to assume that you wish this fad on a church versus the potter dude. I would too.

Comment by Kyle 11.29.05 @ 10:09 pm

wow…scary…i think for a youthpastor to make this a reality in youthgroup, he/she would have to be prepared to loose their job…its insane…

Comment by paul morgun 12.01.05 @ 4:30 pm

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