These “7 Values” Provide a Firm Foundation for Transformational Gospel Advancing Youth Ministry
Intercessory prayer fuels it.
Intercessory prayer is the engine of a Gospel Advancing Ministry. When you lead from your knees, you see teenagers transformed spiritually, and they learn to leverage the same unstoppable prayer power on behalf of their campuses, classmates and communities.
Relational evangelism drives it.
Mobilizing teens to lovingly and intentionally reach other teens with the good news of Jesus is core. Teens who engage in relational evangelism get to witness firsthand the transforming power of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of those they lead to faith in Christ!
Leaders fully embrace and model it.
Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). What’s true of a rabbi is true of a youth leader. If you want your students to prioritize relational evangelism, you and your leaders must consistently set the pace personally.
A disciple multiplication strategy guides it.
Jesus took his disciples on a journey into deeper and deeper levels of discipleship. He took them from
Unbeliever → Believer → Worker → Disciple-maker
The same pattern that Jesus followed should be emulated in your group as you disciple your teenagers.
A bold vision focuses it.
Establishing a bold vision for your ministry that can only be accomplished in God’s strength inspires your entire group. It gives everyone something to push for, pray for and praise God for.
The biggest, boldest, best vision ever articulated is found in Matthew 28:19-20.
Biblical outcomes measure it.
The New Testament is full of examples of how the early church measured outcomes.When you measure Biblical outcomes, it provides you with a gauge by which you can assess your progress, identify weaknesses, spot opportunities for even more growth (best practices) and praise God for the fruit.
Ongoing programs reflect it.
In youth ministry, we program out our priorities. When evangelism and disciple multiplication are real priorities in your ministry, they are consistently built into your weekly youth group program rundown sheet, and become a focus throughout your annual youth ministry calendar.