10 Things You Should Know about Youth Ministry

10 Things You Should Know about Youth Ministry

10 Things You Should Know about Youth Ministry

Cameron Cole and Jon Nielson

Crossway Blog

Summary of each point:

  1. Effective youth ministry means investing both in students and in parents.
  2. We can dominate the world in the realm of meaning, purpose, hope, peace, joy, and love in Christ, and should make those principles the attraction of our ministries.
  3. Kids are capable of learning theology, biblical studies, and apologetics like adults. Churches should not shy away from challenging kids to grow in their knowledge of God’s word and truth.
  4. Or, in other words, they need to know that Christianity is first about what God has done for them in Christ, and, secondly, about what we do for God in response.
  5. In reality, kids trust, are attracted to, and listen to a person who is sincere. People who deeply internalize the gospel and understand just how much God loves them, often have an attractive level of comfort in their own skin. They also tend to listen well.
  6. At the root of youth ministry, though, one should find the same basic convictions about the importance of a steady diet of expository Bible teaching for conversion, spiritual growth, and equipping for ministry.
  7. Young people have much to offer to the wider church body right now, and youth ministers should be diligent in releasing them for ministry and service.
  8. Youth ministers may, at times, experience the joys of seeing young people converted, or growing in faith and obedience by leaps and bounds. Other times, they may be called to the faithful, difficult, and sometimes unrewarding work of “planting” the seeds of the Word and the gospel in the lives and hearts of young people.
  9. Youth minister, you are a child of God, bought with the blood of Christ, and set apart for gospel ministry to his glory. Come back to that fact–daily–and find your identity there. Then, go out and serve your students with joy and freedom . . . even if not all of them think you’re cool all the time.
  10. You are speaking God’s Word into students’ lives at one of the most strategic and malleable points in their development. You are bringing the gospel to bear on their hearts and souls during “trajectory-setting” years of schooling, growth, and maturity.

 

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