It’s possible you have seen the video above? Whether or not you have seen it before, I would encourage you watch it and then use it as a lens to look through as you survey your youth ministry.
For me, my huge takeaway is this: I often put an huge amount of my time into the creation of programs and events, while only putting a small amount of time into teaching my students how to share their faith. If we stand back and really think about it, we have a huge number of potential student ‘missionaries’ in our youth ministries.
And here’s the hard reality for us:
While you and are stuck in our church offices, Starbucks, or our youth rooms, it’s imperative to realize our students are in the mission field of their schools and communities. How are they equipped to reach their friends?
These student missionaries are the ones who get to follow up and encourage new Christians once they have accepted Christ.
What could our ministries look like if we were to place as much focus, time, energy, and resources, into empowering and equipping our students to share their faith, as we do creating programs and events? It’s not that programs and events are bad, but without a good balance of equipping the saints for evangelism, there is a problem.
For me, I am concluding that doing a 3-4 week series on evangelism once a year is simply not enough… Now, there’s a lot more that I do than that, but you get the point…
What are you doing to invest in students to be missional? What is working for you?
What ideas and opinions can you share?
What resources have you used in equipping your students for evangelism? I would love to hear your ideas!