We are going to start with talking about purpose, seeing God's purpose in everything you do in Youth Ministry. Targeting all your activities with the purpose of God and specifically targeting each activity to a target audience. We will define the youth for you so that you will be able to know which youth is in which target audience. Target... Target... Target.... Jesus! Anyway... here is a good start... I read this today: It is by Dr. John Maxwell: Charting the Course for Others Lead good people down a wrong pathand you’ll come to a bad end;do good and you’ll be rewarded for it.Proverbs 28:10 (The Message) Leaders who navigate do even more than control the direction in which they and their people travel. They see the whole trip in their minds before they leave the dock. They have a vision for their destination, they understand what it will take to get there, they know who they’ll need on the team to be successful, and they recognize the obstacles long before they appear on the horizon. First–rate navigators always have in mind that other people are depending on them and their ability to chart a good course, and the secret to successful navigation is preparation. When you prepare well, you convey confidence and trustworthiness to the people. You see, it’s not the size of the project that determines its acceptance, support, and success—it’s the size of the leader. Leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere. Written By John Maxwell From: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Here is some youth discipleship wisdom for you from Bob and Kim:
When you plan an activity, service or anything for the youth, you are charting a course to God's purposes for them, you are pointing them in the direction of Jesus and the Kingdom of God and setting them to sail in that direction. Everything you do, every activity has Kingdom Purpose. Never forget that!
You have to know your youth, get to know where they are at in thier walk with God. That takes focus. When you are with the youth, ask God for focus. Leave everything behind you and focus your full attention on the youth. Listen to them and you will know them... you will hear thier heart. It is easy to fall into just "doing" youth ministry, showing up and "doing"... We want you to be leaders who are "being".... Being His... Whole heart, spirit, mind, soul... into what you are being for God... His Message!!!! Be like Jesus... when you say His Name... You have His full attention. Learn your youth... Be focused! Be 100 percent there for them...
Every activity should have a Target Audience of youth: Lost, Seekers, Saved, Servants. You may be doing a large group activity, but you might be targeting a small group within that activity.
You have a platform that God has given you. Every day you step up on that platform and share the gospel light and message in some way. Youth Ministry Is A Platform That God Has Given You To Be His Voice, His Feet, His Love, His Life... You step up on that platform and you are His message. (FYI: a great teaching series on using your God given platform and being His message can be found at www.hillsongtv.com click on TV and then on watch online) If you read the gospels with this in mind... look at Jesus, He always had a target audience. It may have been one person He was targeting or a group or a discipleship group... but He always had a message for that target audience.
If you are planning an activity here might be your target audiences and your message for them:
Lost Youth: Evangelistic Message
Seeking Youth: Salvation Message
Saved Youth: Discipleship Message
Servant Leadership Youth: Seed Planting Message
In the next few weeks we will go through each of these four categories in detail! So you will know what a "Lost Youth" looks like. I am sure you might already know that... but this will get very detailed about what they look like... inside... with outside symptoms that you see.
We are going to talk about this... target audiences... how to do it... how to evangelize, disciple and grow youth in Christ by using a target audience activity... that has Purpose... Planned Purpose... Prayed Up Purpose... Talked Up Purpose...
So here we go... hope you have a great weekend! Happy Mother's Day!
Please....We want you to post a comment each time, so that We know you are getting it and We can hear your feedback, your questions, your insights. Thanks!Glowing His Glory Bob N Kim