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Youth Ministry: Text


What should youth ministry be?

Define Ministry: 

Begin with the understanding that youth ministry is not separate and apart from the ministry. To leave it in a vacuum or silo is to miss the point. The effectiveness of the youth ministry is seriously limited without the family. 

Primary Goal is to serve and support the parents in the raising and education of their children: 

  1. Set expectations, milestones and benchmarks (vision)

  2. Teach patterns of behavior, habits and processes (Leadership)

  3. Provide accountability (Outcomes)

  4. Motivation and reaffirmation and Evaluation

Provide a Vision - Answer the  unasked questions

  1. Why do they need to attend regularly?

  2. Why should I serve?

  3. Do I matter?

  4. What should we be learning this season

  5. How do I apply this to my life

  6. When it is working what should I see happening?

Develop Leaders

  1. Teaching Families to lead themselves in their own homes

  2. Train leaders within the ministry

  3. Develop leaders for the church as a whole

What should the outcome be if we are doing this right?

  1. Are you developing life long, fully devoted followers of Christ. 

    1. Believers who profess, confess, seek and serve with urgency

    2. Put their faith into action through study, service, outreach, worship and pray

    3. Does their life lead to replication?

What are the motivation and reaffirmation points in our church?

  1. Child Dedication

  2. Baptism

  3. ……………….. Oops?

What would you look for to evaluate?

  1. Attendance - Why, how often, Engagement level

  2. Visitors - what brought you

  3. Service of the students

  4. Decisions

  5. Create trackables / milestones / testing?

  6. Where are they in 5 years after leaving?

  7. How well is Youth ministry contributing to the overall goal of the Church?

What lessons should we be teaching our parents?

  1. Your kids will be you.

    1. Is your faith real

    2. Are you growing  2 peter

    3. Are you doing? James 1

  2. Guard your children's heart

    1. Pick their friends

    2. Watch what they watch

    3. Be engaged in what they are learning

  3. Learn to study the bible with them

  4. Pray and teach them to pray

  5. Self evaluation, confession and correction

What does it look like?

  1. Answer with the word of God

  2. Match your action with your mission, the Glory of God. Calendar, Check book, commitments, investments, Goals. 

  3. What do you talk about daily?

  4. Prayer, study. work, rest. 

Events, Programs, Services, Studys

  1. Big Events

    1. Outreach opportunities

    2. Super fun, memory making for the kids and impactful

    3. Goals to get to - work to - look forward to. 

    4. Camp, Seasonal parties/retreats, Revival weekends…..

  2. Programs

    1. Provide developmental of life skills

    2. Attractive to believers and non-believers for what it does for their families

    3. Recognized in the community

    4. Trail life, Drama program (youth play, journey), Musician development, VBS, Bible Olympic Games, Pivot, Missions, Lighthouse, Xcel, PI, PACK

  3. Services

    1. Church Services

    2. Sunday School

    3. Youth gatherings

    4. Small groups

  4. Studies - Everyone should do

    1. Growth Track

    2. Bible Basics

    3. Apologetics

    4. Old Testament/Jewish History

    5. Financial Peace

    6. Marriage

    7. Parenting 

    8. Parenting Teens

    9. Truth Project

    10. Scripture Memorization

  5. Dans growing list of lessons for Youth

    1. Basics of Logic - I have come to testify to the truth

    2. Source Material - How do you know a Counterfeit bill? Jesus to the Pharisees - Authority (forced, accepted, slipped in)

    3. Life of Peter - Serve, Apologize, Feed Sheep, Apologetic, Path for Effective ministry (confirmation of your calling)

    4. Daniel - The Edge and the Kings Table

    5. ChickfilA Principle

    6. Bowflex Principle

    7. Attitude -Philipians

    8. Guardian Principle

    9. Humility is better the Wisdom, Wisdom over knowledge - Solomon

    10. River of Life - your in the flow (are you adjusting course or ignoring)

    11. Captain America - Shield (behavior modification), Marriage, Kids (enhancement)

    12. WorldView - Where do you come from, Where are we going, Morality, purpose. What does your view offer?

    13. Sin - Omission, Commission, Missing the Mark

    14. How is something Valued? Utility, Investment, what would you pay for it?

    15. Sharing the Gospel (Rom 3, John 14, 2 Peter 3, John 3:16, 36, Eph 2:8-9,) personal testimony

    16. Building an accountability Group

    17. 10 commandments

    18. New substances- acts 1 - everything changes. Iron vs steel, magnets. Vibranium 

    19. Clay Pots ( what gets added when you are soft is in you the rest of your life) To get it out you must be broken

    20. Emotions are indicators (doubt, fear, Love, Joy)

    21. Worship (football, Check book, Calendar)

    22. Baptism (salvation)

    23. Communion (Community)

    24. The law is a mirror (dont just look - fix it, can use a mirror to clean it)

    25. Deacons and elders

    26. Alcohol

    27. Roller coaster - fast crazy scary but as long as in the grove it feels right and you have confidence in where you are. 

    28. SEX

    29. Santa Claus

    30. Affluenza

    31. Criticism 

    32. The bigger the issue the closer you need to be to communicate it. The worst should be in person. When tackling a sensitive issue live in their shoes.

Advanced Bible study Case study.

  1. Personal Invitation to the student and to the parents. Get both to buy into the study before hand and present it as exclusive and advanced. 

  1. Have contact info for parents and establish the relationship with the parent from the beginning. Set “conditions” Upfront. (call to account if not interacting)

  2. Require kids to bring bibles (make fun of no bible)

  3. Text parents at the end of every lesson with a question and note about the study that should generate conversation. Use some crazy verbiage that doesn’t make a lot of sense without a conversation. (satan filled bread)

  4. Ask the kids weekly if they are talking about it. (check what you expect regularly)

  5. Ask challenging questions about controversial topics. Disagreements between the denominations. (why not take communion at every meeting)

  6. At the end of the study ask the kids what they think. Give them the opportunity to invite others at the start of the next study. (do they want to play or participate)

  7. Don’t solve the puzzle - make them own the conclusions

Judge success?

  1. Do they want to keep going?

  2. Do they want to invite others?

  3. What kind of student do they invite?

  4. Is our language evolving? 

  5. Do the kids come with individual questions outside of the lessons?

  6. Do the parents ask questions about what we study?

  7. Do parents come looking for their kids to get in?

  8. …….? Kids witnessing to other kids?

6th grade lessons

Crazy stories/ funny verses of the Bible

  1. Paul was called Saul. Where did he get his name?

  2. Guy stabbed in belly sword sucked in so fat

  3. 3:16 study - john, 1st john Leviticus 3:16

  4. Psalm 50:9 - I will accept no bull from your house

  5. Proverbs 27:14 - he who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be reckoned a curse to him

  6. Acts 20:9 - Paul puts Eutychus to sleep

  7. Kings 9:20 - drives like Jehu, furiously

  8. Job 13.5 - if only you would be silent, for you that would be wisdom

  9. Elijah stories

    1. 2 Kings 2:23 - get out of here baldy. 24 - bears malled them

  10. King david - let’s king live, kills guy who 

  11. Passover

  12. Spike through head - lady

  13. Proverbs 11:22 - Like a gold ring in a pigs snout is a beautiful woman

  14. Proverbs 13:8 - rich can be sued, but the poor have nothing to lose

  15. Genesis 22:20-21 Uz his firstborn and Buz his brother

  16. Stories of Samson 

  17. Galatians 5:12

  18. Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

  19. Meaningless meaningless

  20. Nothing new under the sun

  21. 1 Samuel 13:11, 15 look at 33b

  22. 1 samuel 4:18 Eli fell off his chair broke his neck cause he was old and fat

  23. Genesis 25:30 - let me gulp down some of that red stuff

  24. Ezekiel 4:12-15 - very well I allow you cows 

  25. Cheat verses. Maximum points in heaven.

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