I love this article and this youth pastor’s assessment of what it takes to keep youth in the church when they become adults. His assessment is practical, Biblical, and strikes right at the heart of the relationship that the Church and the Home must have to reach the next generation.
Is it worth it? Yes!
One of the greatest privileges and joys that I have in over 10 years of student ministry is discipling young men. Often times in the past when I began to meet with teenagers on a consistent basis there has been a struggle to keep the conversation going – especially in a direction that involved encouraging them in their walk with God by using His Word. Unless I was pastoring them on a signficant issue like dealing with pornography or dating relationships, I would struggle to find biblical ground to disciple them. Have you ever felt this way?
A man who discipled me years ago gave me some of the best advise I’ve ever heard about discipleship and I still use this advise today.
Wilson, whatever you do, whatever you say, whatever you teach – find a way to get their [the student] finger on the Word of God and let the Bible work in their hearts.
Often times it is easy to let conversation with students fall into talking about sports, girls, movies and then we miss the opportunity to talk about the things of eternal value. Don’t get me wrong, it is important to know the lives of teenagers – to know what their interest are and what is going on in their day to day lives, but not as important as their souls.
To help guide me in the discipleship process I came up with a four-week discipleship program that involved reading, memorizing, and talk about Scripture with students while I met with them. I hope this resource can be of some value to you. It is not just for youth workers. Parents can use this to memorize Scripture and talk about the Bible with their children. The key is to have a plan and this plan with give you a guide to have a meaningful discipleship encounter. It will help you stay on track and stay consistent with biblical discipleship.
Below are links to the Four-Week Discipleship Guide that I have created. The student guide is for you to copy and give to your disciplee. The leader guide has some instructions and suggestions for leading the discipleship time. Please copy and use them with my permission.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)