Youth ministry in American Methodism's mission.
The article examines the development of Youth Ministry within Methodism from 1889 to the present. Citing early Epworth League journals, Souvenir Programs, Handbooks, and personal documents, the article moves from needs that brought into being The Epworth League in the 19th century to the philosophy of later youth organizations: The Methodist Youth Fellowship, and, as of 1968, The United Methodist Youth Fellowship. Aspirations and concerns of youth have always been paramount in the 92-year history: education, devotional life, social consciousness, world-wide mission programs, race relations, world peace, and ministry within the local community to ill, impoverished, unchurched individuals.
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