I’ve been struggling with this thought since last night, and granted, I was asleep for 8 of those hours, so its not that much time. But something bothered me last night and bothered me again this morning, so I figured it was worth looking into.
Our Youth Ministry has more than tripled in the 17 months since I got here. We have seen a lot of students come into our ministry, some leave, but many stay. It has been exciting to say the least.
But most of these students already have religion. They are coming from other churches in our town that either dont have a youth ministry or have, unfortunately, a sub-par youth ministry. I don’t say that in a negative way towards those other ministries, and I know ours still has a lot of room for improvement. But thats all besides the point.
The point is that though we have a few kids commit their lives to Christ here and there, for the most part, 99% of the kids we have coming into our ministry would already label themselves Christian. So I typically don’t do the altar calls, but instead, try and wrap up every series with a commitment to action of some sort. For instance, we challenged students last night to make the commitment to be the light in their schools, and specifically, to find three friends to start with. It was something small, it usually is nothing big, but for us it shows students taking initiative and we can track students level of spiritual involvement.
So what has been bothering me since last night is that I realized with this challenge, we talked to them for 5 weeks, challenged them, and then next week we wont see them, and the following week, we will be working towards a completely new challenge. And I have to question the effectiveness in this method.
What I am getting at is that I am realizing that we need to give the challenge that first week, and expand on it for the next few weeks with the series. Simply texting the kids or meeting them for lunch/soda to see how their doing with the challenge isn’t good enough. I want to give them a challenge and disciple them for a while in that.
This idea is going perfectly with something else I have been compelled by, and thats the “virtue of the month” that the Orange Curriculum does. I love that Idea, and I think we are going to be starting to implement that much more heavily in our ministry. We dont use the curriculum, but I feel this is the best way for us to move students towardswhere we want them to go.