By Jerome Baker
I believe one of the most important auxiliaries in the church outside the role of the senior pastor is the youth and young adult ministry. The Bible teaches that young people must be trained in the proper way to go (Proverbs 22:6). Of course, parents are the primary disciplinarians and nurturers of children; but, I believe a fruitful church should have some type of consistent youth ministry in place to help compliment what Christian parents should be teaching in the home.
Unfortunately, many churches and its members still look at youth ministry as a babysitting auxiliary. (Remember back in the day? Momma would say before service, “You better sit down and hush up!) But, I believe every youth leader, parent, and young person needs to understand why a solid youth ministry is needed. Here are three reasons I believe youth and young adults need to be in a productive youth ministry.
1. Youth need to be taught how to live Godly.
1 Timothy 4:8 but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
Many of today’s youth are intelligent, skilled, talented, and are advanced in many areas far beyond their parents. Yet, a young person can gain the whole world and still lose their soul. Mark 8:36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? With this in mind, young people need to be taught how to live godly so they don’t perish. Being godly means living according to the Word and beginning to live godly through Jesus Chris at a young age is very rewarding. Youth ministries that have qualified and proven leaders can help train young people to live godly.
2. Youth need to experience God’s love on their level.
Matthew 19:13-15 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
Jesus in all His power and glory took time to meet the needs of young people. In Matthew 19:13-15 the Lord loved on the little children and rebuked the adult leaders that had a problem with Him doing so. Our youth are in need of God’s love through Jesus Christ. So many of our young people are mentally, spiritually, and sexually bound, broken, and battered. But, healing is found in the grace of God. One thing I have learned is that if a productive youth ministry has loyal, caring, and anointed leaders, youth can experience God’s love through youth services and fellowships. A solid youth ministry can help communicate God’s grace from Scripture and from sharing personally life experiences. And in addition, a productive youth ministry can reinforce Biblical truths the parents should be instilling in the home as well.
3. Youth can gain strength and encouragement from other young Christians.
Acts 2:42-44 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,
When Christian youth come together and have an environment that is constantly teaching Biblical precepts and are also provided a place and time where they can be young, they will begin to grow spiritually, mentally, and in their decision making as well.
© Copyright 2014 Jerome A. Baker All rights reserved. Jerome Baker has served in youth ministry for 17 years is the youth pastor at his local church in Carrollton Georgia. Jerome is also the author of two books, “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”. Like his FaceBook page at http://www.facebook.com/jabmin