"It's all about creating a positive and welcoming vibe, that says, 'man, these guys don't need drugs and are not heavy into dating, but they are enjoying life'." Dooley rejects claims that the church's youth program offers a stripped-down theology.
"Our message doesn't change, it's the power of the cross and what it represents, the life, death the resurrection of Jesus Christ - but how we deliver that in the world of You Tube and i Pods and video downloads and Xboxes has to be relatable." Bar the Baptists and Sydney Anglicans, few churches do youth better than the Pentecostalists, says Keith Castle, the director of the National Church Life Survey.
Maybe it's, "Yes, God, I'm going to reach out to those people whom You're asking me to reach out to even though I don't feel like I have time"? If you have said no to God in the past but wish you had said yes, get ready.
Just like my father-in-law asked me again, God's going to ask you again. I encourage you to quit wrestling with that no and just say yes to God.
Joel Houston says the youths seek more than entertainment.
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Between Hillsong's two campuses, the ministries attract about 2800 children and young adults aged from 12 to 25.
The program is carefully crafted, says youth pastor Phil Dooley, to fuel spiritual growth while meeting youth's social needs, and the emphasis is on fun.
"It's the whole way of connecting with youth," Castle says.
"The message is tailored for their audience, they are not afraid to go outside the church and there is an enthusiasm that the individual can make a difference, and that builds young people up." Enrolment at the Baptist Church's Morling Theological College is at record levels as young people spill over from the church's extensive youth ministries.