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Rick Warren’s Youth Pastor Associated With Eastern Meditative Practices
Friday Church News Notes, October 28, 2005
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The following is from Agape Press, Sept. 29: “A leading Christian publisher of youth ministry material is being accused of introducing young people to practices rooted in New Age Eastern spirituality. The 2005 National Youth Workers Conference in Sacramento, California, was sponsored by Youth Specialties, a group that one Christian author says introduces students to labyrinth walks, yoga, and contemplative prayer practices.

For that reason, Cathy Mickels, co-author of the book
Spiritual Junkfood: The Dumbing Down of Christian Youth, is advising youth workers and parents to distance themselves from the conference and Youth Specialties. Mickels claims Youth Specialties teaches youth pastors to introduce students to ancient eastern spiritual practices.

‘Nowhere in God’s Word does it say that you take kids on labyrinth walks, that you introduce students to yoga or to contemplative prayer practices where you say a word over and over again to put yourself into what Youth Specialties says is a “semi-conscious state,”’ she states. ‘None of these practices are in God's Word.’ ...

Among the featured speakers at the Sacramento conference are Mark Yaconelli, who is the director of the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project, and Doug Fields, the youth pastor at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California. Musicians featured include the Chris Tomlin Band, the David Crowder Band, and Jars of Clay.”


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