The Power of Youth Ministry
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
We know the Scripture that says we should train a child in the way they should go, but the mystery of youth FOLLOWING THE LIVING JESUS is very POWERFUL; but it requires putting new wine into new wine bottles.
Modern Christianity does nothing to train up a child in the way they should go. It teaches them that fidelity to Jesus happens only on Sunday morning “at church.” Nothing at any other time matters. There is Friday night Bible study, and Wednesday activities, but nothing prepares them for life outside of that.
Let’s cut to the chase. If you read my post on Churches, Candles, and Bushels (coming soon), you’ll realize that church is what a Christian is every day including Sunday. Christians have amazing authority to make a change in the world, and it starts with training youth in the way they should go. How does that happen?
Picture this; every youth pastor in every church in a town comes together and decides to work with youth as one body, divided by the school and grade they are in. No more singled out in a church, but actively participating in the knowledge of Christ by the school they attend. So many Christian students pass one another in the halls because they do not know that anyone else is Christian. Feeling anxious about an upcoming exam- BAM- someone to pray with. Not for an “A,” but peace of mind taking the test. Someone overweight feeling anxious in gym class, BAM, friends to stand by you. Feeling down because of something, BAM. someone to worship with. Something great happens, BAM, someone to rejoice with.
Imagine the lost, depressed, suicidal, abused student, or the bully, that don’t know Christ. Both needing to know the love of God, BAM, there’s a community of God loving people to bond with, to be safe with, to join with, that they didn’t know existed, that has the peace of Jesus in them. Don’t let someone commit suicide, befriend them first, then introduce them to your friends, then introduce them to Jesus. I think that many of the young people who are led by Satan to commit suicide are some of the most special gifts of God to others. I’ve been there and tried that. I now work to bear much fruit for another.
All the death, and Christian separation; and all because children aren’t being trained properly. New wine needs to be put into new wine bottles (schools) And while we’re at it, Christian teachers should get involved in the training up during youth meetings. Let the youth of today become Christian leaders of tomorrow through interaction with teachers they have a growing respect for.
How about this: Wednesday nights, joined Bible study-see the Principles page. From kindergarten to High School. Friday night evangelism, prayer, and fun, and Sunday, back to the church family life.
Imagine the community of believers starting out in primary school growing together and then entering High School. Imagine the High Schoolers entering University, and University entering the community. All making a change in the community they are learning and living in. The new wine bottle.
I pray that if you are a youth leader, not necessarily a youth pastor, that you’ll get this message give it a try. Reach out to others and experience the mystery and power to lead young people to FOLLOW THE LIVING JESUS at all times. To be blessings to each other and the world. Save lives. Gather much fruit. Live for Jesus.
This isn’t be best written post, but I think you’ll get it. Get on with it.
Bearing You Fruit