Philosophy Of Ministry
My Philosophy of Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry is a difficult job. Not just for me as the youth minister, but also for you the parents. Our goal is not just to help our kids succeed, or even on a more basic level, to get them involved in church, but to help them find to a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with Christ. It is essential that we have a core philosophy on how this can be accomplished.
Our Personal Relationship With God
Our personal relationship with God is where we must begin. We cannot be an example of what it means to grow in Christ if we are not doing it daily ourselves. We must communicate that we are faithfully and genuinely pursuing a relationship with Christ, and as Moses proclaims, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deut 6:4-7). Christ is our everything: and we must not just tell them this, we must also show them this!
Prayer is our primary instrument of communication with God. In prayer we are able to praise Him, give thanks to Him, confess before Him, and ask for things from Him. Without prayer, no youth ministry will be successful. Our entire focus and reliance will be in Him with our dedication to prayer so this must be the foundation of our relationship with Christ.
After prayer, parental involvement is the key element in youth ministry. Parents are the number one influence in a child’s life and this includes the Spiritual life. I hope to build strong relationships with parents to help build strong relationships with youth. I will communicate regularly and give encouragement in the raising of their children.
It is important to me to have meaningful and personal relationships with students and to be intentional in making sure that every student is contacted and met with on a regular basis. I want students to know that this is not just a job for me, it is a passion and a calling. Meeting with students in a small group or one-on-one setting helps build relationships that lead to further discipleship.
Although relationships are very important, the goal is to intentionally disciple students. Jesus commands us “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matt 28:19-20a). I believe my call has been to disciple teenagers; making sure they are seeking Christ in all that they do. This starts with building trusting relationships that leads to Spiritual growth.
Group Meetings and Activities
Large group activities such as trips, hanging out, and spending time together in God's Word are all helpful in building meaningful relationships amongst students and leaders. This can be done at youth events, on mission trips, retreats, service projects, and more.
Smaller, more intimate settings are where relationships are strengthened. Trust is established, sharing is encouraged, and accountability is welcomed when we are able to spend time in a group of less people.