Starting a Youth Ministry

Starting a youth ministry seems like a herculean task to many, especially since young people have diverse needs and challenges as well as many expectations. So, how do you surmount the hurdles on the way and build a strong youth ministry? Below are tips you can borrow to make the process easier:

The Youth Ministry Should Have a Mission

In his book called ‘Courageous Leadership,’ Bill Hybels says that vision is a ‘picture of the future which produces passion.’ In other words, a vision isn’t merely a good idea, but a ‘thing’ that has the power to draw the attention of a group or flock and spur them to action. Likewise, a youth ministry should transcend the need for more youth in church and labor towards pointing young people towards their savior, Jesus Christ. This task is vital and urgent; and as the pioneer of the ministry, you need to excite the young people’s hearts and make them enthusiastic about serving in their Lord’s vineyard.  Here is some help creating that mission.

A Profile

A congregation without young people in its midst won’t seriously think about young people. They may grow apathetic to the needs of young people even as they soldier on with their services. A youth minister or a person concerned with the welfare of young people can turn this congregation’s attention to the young people in the community. There is a vast number of young people who could fill up the church pews if they were properly ministered to. So, go on and raise the issue with the church members and let them think about it. Ask the congregation to pray for the young people, and use church bulletins and newsletters to highlight news related to young people. As the issue dwells in their hearts, it will soon become a priority and the congregation will seriously consider taking matters of young people serious.

There is need of a strategy

With prayer and meditation, together with other church members, think about a workable strategy to enlist more youth under the banner of Christ. But always remember that a strong youth ministry will not form overnight, and it is wise to avoid the snare of becoming too excited with the vision of a vibrant youth ministry that you start expecting a quantum leap forward. Developing a strong youth ministry takes much time, effort, dedication, strategy and, above all, prayer. I Thessalonians 2 reveals what Paul’s strategy was in preaching the gospel: he first built relationships, proclaimed the gospel and taught scripture.

With enough support from the church leadership, the youth ministry will soon gain traction and the church pews will fill with young people hungering for God’s Word and pertinent instruction.

Being A Christian is More than Just Going to Church

There are some Christians who may struggle to separate their faith from the church where they worship.  They aren’t the only ones, for many outside the Christian faith having faith and going to church are completely intertwined.  The church has long been established as an essentially part of being a follower of Christ,  that being a Christian is more than just going to church services on Sunday mornings.  Christianity goes beyond the physical buildings and it is our duty to carry Christ around in your hearts.  That being said, don’t overlook Sunday services and their importance either.

Church is a big part of faith

There will always be a place in the community and your heart for a church.  A church is more than just a building with walls it is there to serve the community, outside of the Sunday service rituals.  If you are comfortable in your faith and your relationship with God then you may have gone beyond your local ministry.  However you can still work with your church for the betterment of the community.  However being bored with your church services doesn’t mean that there is necessarily an issue with your faith or your relationship with God.

Following Jesus

You may be ready for more in your life than just the church.  Think of Jesus’s life for a moment, it wasn’t confined to the four walls of a church.  Instead it was constantly evolving as he took his message of love and peace out into the world.  He may have begun his life visiting various temples and listening to the rabbis make their sermons, that didn’t last long.  Jesus took his message and became a teacher and a healer.  He shocked the Jews at the time by healing the sick on the Sabbath.  Jesus was a leader among men, using his ability to prophesy to guide his people into the future.  Jesus, like you, didn’t need the temple he still had a relationship with his Father no matter where he went.

Sometimes you just need a reminder that faith is part of our spirit and it is changing all the time.  While your church can be a very big part of your faith, it is filled with holy images and fellowship and prayer, you take your faith with you no matter where you go.  There may come a time in your faith where communal worship and the ritual of weekly attendance doesn’t strengthen your relationship with God and that is okay too.  The church will still be here for other functions and we will be waiting for your return.