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Title: Starting A Youth Ministry

Starting A Youth Ministry
  • By
  • David S. Winston
  • Youth Pastor at
  • Living Word Christian Center

A Little History
  • In September 2009, a complete overhaul of the
    youth ministry at LWCC was done. We started from
  • We had unintentionally created a culture of
    undisciplined youth.
  • We had to change the culture and restore
    confidence within the youth ministry Not just
    with the youth but with parents also.

Go Hard for Christ Youth Ministry was born!
My whole being follows hard after You and clings
closely to You Your right had upholds me
Psalms 638 AMP
Our Mission
  • To go out into all the world and raise up an
    army of young people through Jesus Christ that
    will fight against the immorality that is trying
    to plague the young people of this generation!
  • LWCC- To empower believers through the teaching,
    preaching, and demonstration of the uncompromised
    word of God, to fulfill their calling and change
    this world through Jesus Christ.

Your Mission Vision
  • Whats your mission and vision for your youth
  • What is your foundation scripture?

The Basics of Youth Ministry
  • The ANOINTING must always comes first! Prayer is
  • The Word is the SEED. You must continually plant
    good seeds even if you dont see any change on
    the outside it is God who does the work (Luke
  • Every youth ministry/organization has a different
    mission and different identity be true to who
    God has called you to be.

The Basics of Youth Ministry
  • Establish a relatable identity for your youth
  • Cast a VISION that young people can buy into!
  • Know your young people.
  • Know where they are in life and what situations
    they are dealing with so you can be relevant in
    your approach.
  • As you tap into the anointing, the enemy will try
    to bring things to the surface to discourage you,
    but really it can help you.

The Basics of Youth Ministry
  • Keep the future in mind when building your
    ministry. Think BIG!
  • Build your BRAND. Establish your BRAND. Protect
    your BRAND.
  • Gather information whenever possible (especially
  • Constant PRAYER should go forth in this crucial
    beginning phase!

Connecting. Discipling. Transforming
  • Youth Encounters are a great tool to help
    transform youth!
  • We use small groups to help disciple and connect.
  • Our social networking website helps us connect
    and build community. (

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Connecting. Discipling. Transforming.
  • We used the Gideon/Hadassah Project to disciple
    youth in a unique way.
  • When connecting with youth, always be as
    transparent as possible! This will make them feel
    like you can relate to them and they will open
    up. Use wisdom also.
  • Events and special outings can help create
    community while having fun!

Connecting. Discipling. Transforming.
  • Empower youth to make their own good decisions by
    giving them guidelines to help them determine
    what the right choice is.
  • Do not develop into their prayer crutch! Pray
    with them and be supportive give an assignment
    or clear goals.
  • Always let the WORD have the first and final say!

Connecting. Discipling. Transforming.
  • Examples
  • 10 Steps to making Good decisions.
  • Prayer confessions.
  • Goals and Vision worksheet.

Teaching Tips
  • Make the Word culturally relevant.
  • Cross the bridge from the teaching to
  • Use illustrations and personal stories/testimonies
    . This helps them retain the message better.
  • Keep them engaged! Once you lose their attention
    it is hard to get it back.
  • Do not talk over people. Remember, you must
    create a culture of respect.

Teaching Tips
  • Teaching is series format yields the most
    benefit! (Ideal length 3 Parts - Max length 5
  • Again, allow yourself to be transparent.
  • Often it helps to tell a youth why something is
    important in order to get them to buy into it.
  • We started a free audio Podcast. Prerecorded
    teachings can be streamed or downloaded. Youth
    are now able to listen to the teaching if they
    were absent.

  • When choosing a youth leadership team, choose
    people who are
  • Committed
  • Passionate about youth
  • Willing to serve
  • Can be transparent
  • Will submit to authority
  • Faithful
  • Choose a team of individuals with different

  • EMPOWER Make leaders of all youth!
  • Make leaders of those who are older and possibly
    too old for the youth ministry.
  • These individuals may be ready to transition out
    of traditional youth ministry, but arent ready
    for main service.
  • This helps create a bridge for young adults if
    you do not have a young adult/college ministry in
    your church.

  • We have various groups/ministries for youth to
  • Joshua Youth Choir
  • Faith Drill Team
  • Youth Drama Ministry
  • Youth Praise and Worship team
  • LITE (Leaders In Training to Empower)
  • Give leaders an opportunity to teach, contribute,
    and lead.

Common Pitfalls Challenges
  • Know your Kingdom assignment and what is expected
    of you! (from your Senior Pastor)
  • You are not a counselor.
  • You are not a security guard.
  • You are not their parents so make sure you
    maintain your role as youth leader and spiritual
  • You get a few hours a week to make an impact.
  • Youth should always want youth to come to you,
    not run from you!

Best Practice
  • Manage expectations with your Senior Pastor, the
    youth leaders, parents, and youth.
  • Keep parents updated frequently so they know what
    is going on and feel comfortable with you and
    your leadership team.
  • Have parent meetings and gather emails/phone
    numbers to keep parents updated!

Best Practice
  • Keep your expectations high, but dont demand
    perfection (from leaders or youth).
  • Be compassionate and understanding at all times.
  • Know that some youth live a life that may be very
    challenging, making it hard for them to behave
    properly at church.
  • Youth simply model the behavior displayed at

Best Practice
  • Make sure you have proper protocols when dealing
    with situations that may have legal implications.
    (background checks encouraged)
  • Sexual/physical abuse, suicide attempts, rape,
  • Make a Youth Reclamation Plan.
  • Set goals for your youth ministry.
  • Speak life into these young people because they
    are the future of our nation.
  • Always incorporate the Holy Spirit in everything
    you do and He will lead you!

Other Notables
  • With Teens, you can determine the condition of a
    of their life spiritual walk by the fruit
    produced in their lives. (Matthew 1233)
  • Youth are not perfect, but if you maintain a
    standard they will rise to it!
  • IMPORTANT Always follow the Holy Spirit.

Connect with us!
  • E-mail
  • Office (708)-697-5437