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Title: Purpose Driven Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry
  • Purpose Driven Youth Ministry
  • Doug Fields

Becoming a Youth Leader Who Depends on God
  • Personal Humility
  • Submit Your Abilities to God and Allow His Power
    to Work Through Who You Are.
  • Focus on Being a Person of God Before Doing the
    Work of God

Tips to Strengthen Your Godly Foundation
  • Admit your struggles to yourself
  • Ask God for the power to discipline yourself for
    the purpose of godliness
  • Ask God for the courage to confess these
    struggles to a friend who cares deeply aout you
    and who can help you.
  • Work with this friend on a spiritual restoration

  • Why does this youth ministry exist?
  • Programs can change, but the purposes arent
  • No purposes that we could create on our own would
    be more complete than the five God has already
    divinely created for us.
  • Evangelism
  • Worship
  • Fellowship
  • Discipleship
  • Ministry

The 5 Purposes
  • Built around the Great Commandment and the Great
  • Great Commandment- Jesus replied Love the Lord
    your God with all your heart and with all your
    sould and with all your mind. This is the first
    and greatest commandment. And the second is like
    it Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law
    and the Prophets hang on these two commandments
    Matthew 2237-40
  • Great Commission- Therefore go and make
    disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
    name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
    Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I
    have commanded you. And surely I am with you
    always, to the very end of the age
  • Matthew 2819-20

The 5 Purposes
  1. Worship Love the Lord your God with all your
  2. Ministry Love your neighbor as yourself.
  3. Evangelism Go and make disciples
  4. Fellowship Baptizing them
  5. Discipleship Teaching them to obey

  • Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those
    who dont yet have a personal relationship with
  • This is probably the most weakly expressed
  • It is difficult to fulfill on a program level,
    and threatening on a personal level
  • Adult leadership must model the purpose of
  • When this purpose is evident in a youth ministry,
    growth will happen- not because of an
    evangelistic program, but because of evangelistic

  • Celebrating Gods presence and honoring Him with
    our lifestyle.
  • Praying (Psalm 956)
  • Hearing the Word (John 1717)
  • Giving (1 Corinthians161-2)
  • Baptizing (Romans 63-4)
  • Meditating (Habakkuk 220)
  • Communion (1 Corinthians 1123-26)

  • God did not intend for Christians to live in
    isolation, but in fellowship with other believers
    and to be identified as the body of Christ.
  • True fellowship happens when students are known,
    cared for, held accountable, and encouraged in
    their spiritual journey
  • Fellowship is usually the strongest purpose
  • Often, fellowship is so strong that Christian
    students lose sight of evangelism and focus only
    on other believers and become dangerously
    apathetic from the lost

  • The building up or strengthening of believers in
    their quest to be like Christ.
  • Can be the most unrewarding since spiritual
    maturity is difficult to measure
  • Discipleship flourishes under spiritual leaders
    who consistently plant seeds and water students
  • All of this is done with faith that God will do
    the impossible and bring growth

  • Meeting needs with love
  • God has blessed every believer with special gifts
    to be used for ministry. Students shouldnt have
    to wait until they are adults to minister.
  • A healthy youth ministry will constantly
    encourage students to discover their gifts and
    put them into practice through ministry and
    mission opportunities
  • When the purpose of ministry is applied, you will
    graduate student ministers rather than program
  • Student ministers wont graduate from their faith
    when they graduate from the youth ministry

Purpose Statement
  • Revealing a purpose statement takes away the
    mystery of your ministry.
  • It makes sense of your programs
  • Uses volunteers more effectively
  • Provides direction for your students spiritual

Purpose Statement
  • Keep it simple
  • Make it meaningful
  • It should be action oriented
  • Should be compelling

Purpose Statement
  • Think of words that go along with the 5 purposes
  • Worship- Exalt, Passion, Offer
  • Fellowship- Enjoy, Encourage, Care
  • Evangelism- Expose, Spread, Reach
  • Discipleship- Equip, Share, Develop
  • Ministry- Experience, Service, Serving
  • Then put those words together in a sentence

Purpose Statement
  • Worship, Discipleship, Ministry, Evangelism,
  • The goal of our student ministry is to expose
    teenagers to Gods love, to equip them to exalt
    God, enjoy other believers, and experience the
    work of the ministry

Purpose Statement
  • Worship, Discipleship, Ministry, Evangelism,
  • CrossCurrent exists to reach non-Christian junior
    and senior high students, to help them share in
    Gods Word, to offer themselves in service to
    Christ and to care for one another.

Purpose Statement
  • Worship, Discipleship, Ministry, Evangelism,
  • Infiltrate Youth Family exists to spread the love
    of Christ by serving those around us, encouraging
    each other, and developing a life of passion for

Student Commitment Levels
  • One program cant effectively fulfill all 5
  • 1.) What primary purpose (evangelism, worship,
    fellowship, discipleship, or ministry) does this
    program fulfill?
  • 2.) Who are we trying to target with this
  • One program cant effectively target all students

Student Commitment Levels
  • There are at least 5 types of students
  • The non-Christian student
  • The new Christian
  • The student who knows a great deal about the
    Bible but is apathetic about most things we do
  • The growing student
  • The spiritual leader

Student Commitment Levels
Community Students
  • Teenagers living within a realistic driving
    distance of our church.
  • Schools within a ten to fifteen mile radius of
    your church
  • Calculate the number of youth group age students
    at these schools
  • For example in Arab, there are about 1,500
  • At this rate each church in the area could have
    over 100 students
  • The fulfills the evangelism purpose

Crowd Students
  • Students who come to a youth service and fill out
    an information card.
  • May be invited by regulars, others are forced by
    their parents to attend
  • Some are Christians, some are non-Christians
  • This fulfills the worship purpose

Congregation Students
  • Crowd students who move to the next level where
    they can connect with other Christians and grow
    in their faith (small groups, for example)
  • The next step should have an atmosphere where
    these students will be known, cared for, held
    accountable, and connected with other believers
  • This deeper connection fulfills the fellowship

Committed Students
  • Students who are committed to developing
    spiritual habits, such as personal Bible study,
    prayer, accountability with another believer,
    Scripture memorization, giving, and commitment to
    the church body
  • This fulfills the discipleship purpose

Core Students
  • Committed students who discover their giftedness
    and want to express it through ministering to
  • Students who discover their ministry potential do
    not graduate from their faith they use what
    theyve learned forever
  • They could have the opportunity to become student
    leaders helping move others through the funnel

Student Commitment Levels
  • Realize that each group size will decrease as
    commitment increases
  • Focus on the word potential and start with who
    you have.

Reaching Community Students
  • Evangelism isnt a program, its a process
  • Evangelism is tough work
  • Leaders approaching students could be seen as a
  • Fear of rejection
  • Fear of not being understood
  • Fear of not having the right answers
  • Fear of being labeled as a Jesus Freak

Reaching Community Students
  • Students need to understand that those outside of
    the faith are attracted to Christians before they
    are attracted to Christ
  • Lifestyle is an important factor of evangelism
  • Dont expect all of your students to be
    evangelists, but do expect them to be evangelistic

Reaching Community Students
  • Talk to students about how we are going to
  • Implement Growth Programs
  • Friendship Evangelism Project
  • Small Group Competition
  • Make sure you have a program or a service in
    place to accommodate the community students

Keeping Crowd Students
  • Make sure you have a program to which your
    regular students can feel comfortable inviting
    their community friends
  • This service will have Christians and
  • Dont limit worship just to music- attempt to
    have praying, singing, giving, testifying,
    thanking, and listening to Gods Word.
  • Create a positive atmosphere of fun, student
    involvement, but with a clear message
  • Simplify your message

Congregation Students
  • Small groups are a great way to nurture the
    student who has graduated from the Crowd.
  • Small groups should provide more personal
    attention than larger programs
  • They provide a sense of belonging
  • In the Crowd you share the gospel, in small
    groups, you share your lives

Congregation Students
  • Small groups allow students to be known
  • Small groups make students verbal
  • Small groups allow students to personalize their
  • Small groups encourage accountable relationships

Preparing Committed Students
  • Discipleship of committed students is helping
    them develop the habits, or spiritual
    disciplines, necessary to grow on their own when
    theyre no longer in the youth group
  • Youth ministries are full of Bible-literate
    students who know the right answers, but make the
    wrong daily choices

Preparing Committed Students
  • Encourage spiritual habits through the small
    groups of the Congregation
  • Have consistent time with God through prayer and
    Bible reading
  • Have an accountable relationship with another
  • Understand and participate in giving/tithing
  • Memorize Scripture
  • Study the Bible on their own

Preparing Committed Students
  • Focus on encouragement
  • Get small group leader to encourage growth
  • Equip students with tools to develop habits
  • Quiet time journal
  • Accountability Group Prayer
  • Bible memorization flashcard program
  • Questions to go along with Bible reading teaching
    them how to dig deeper

Challenging Core Students
  • Core students who are not the ministry type
    arent core students, theyre regulars
  • Sometimes getting students to do ministry isnt
    as big a challenge as convincing the church
    congregation and leadership that teenagers can
    play a vital role in the body of Christ
  • Students shouldnt have to move through the
    circles just to do ministry

Challenging Core Students
  • Dont treat students as The Future Church
  • A sign of a healthy church is one that helps all
    Christians, regardless of age, to discover their
    gifts and express them through serving in
  • Communicate Ministry Messages
  • Communicate the joy of participating
  • Remind students that a life of observation is a
    wasted life, but a life of participation in the
    work of the kingdom is the reason we were born
  • Teach students they were created for ministry
  • Help Students Discover Their Spiritual Gifts
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