Three practices that will explode your Youth Ministry

in Youth Pastor Spiritual Life on June 12, 2013by Ben_Read

1| Daily Pray over my Students We do prayer requests at Small Group, and we pray then. But when was the last time you took out a list of 10 of your students first thing in the morning and just prayed over them? The act of Intercession is one that I think is too easily forgotten in Youth Ministry, and I think it’s time we bring it back.

2| Pray first, then Act

When Nehemiah first heard about the state of Jerusalem, his first reaction was to Pray. He sought God and his wisdom first before leaning on his own understanding. It’s so easy to fix things ourselves. Last week, we thought we were $5,000 short for our mission fund, unable to buy some of our plane tickets. My first thing I did was to ask some friends to pray for me, and then I went and fixed it. I couldn’t even take time myself to pray, I just had to get things done. I’m painting this saying in giant letters on the wall across from my office, because I don’t want to forget my place in the Kingdom of God.

3| Pray as a Team

When was the last time your volunteers prayed, other than for a service 15 minutes before it started. What would it do for your team, your students, your ministry, your church if you gathered together to pray for these things with no agenda and no service immediately following? Everything that we do should for God should start in Prayer, and our team should be saturated in prayer by us, their leaders, and our team should be saturating in prayer those we lead. So I’m not perfect. I fail in the area of prayer more than I would like to. But I know that if I do these three things, not with the intention of growing our ministry, but rather with a right heard and mind, our ministry will explode for the Kingdom. God has some great things in store, and I can’t wait to talk to him about them.]]>

Joshua Fuentes at 11:55 am

Great stuff Ben. Prayer is one of the most important aspects about ministry, but it always seems to be the one we forget about. What a great reminder why everything we do must be saturated in prayer. On a side note, one of the best books I just finished recently on prayer is “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. I loved it so much that I bought a copy for all my Sunday School teachers so they can get active with their prayer life. Its really helped me in how I pray for my relationship with Christ, family, and ministry.

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Joshua Fuentes at 11:55 am

Great stuff Ben. Prayer is one of the most important aspects about ministry, but it always seems to be the one we forget about. What a great reminder why everything we do must be saturated in prayer. On a side note, one of the best books I just finished recently on prayer is “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. I loved it so much that I bought a copy for all my Sunday School teachers so they can get active with their prayer life. Its really helped me in how I pray for my relationship with Christ, family, and ministry.

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Justin Knowles at 2:07 pm

Awesome post. Same with Joshua, this one always seems to be the thing we forget in our planning and prep, but it’s THE most important. And the Circle Maker is amazing. Changed my prayer life and helps me see when God does answer prayers in my life and I am able to reflect and be thankful. I would recommend everyone to get that book.

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Justin Knowles at 2:07 pm

Awesome post. Same with Joshua, this one always seems to be the thing we forget in our planning and prep, but it’s THE most important. And the Circle Maker is amazing. Changed my prayer life and helps me see when God does answer prayers in my life and I am able to reflect and be thankful. I would recommend everyone to get that book.

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ainsworthstudio at 10:38 am

So Powerful!

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ainsworthstudio at 10:38 am

So Powerful!

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Bert Capps at 3:28 pm

Oh wow Ben, God has been dealing with me on the same thing. I have good intentions but never a great action. He has showed me while I want to see many students come to know Him through the power of the Gospel, that is great. He has showed me that I rarely go to Him about it, I just assume He wants the same thing and I get rolling in the actions of making it happen. He does want the same thing with students coming to know Him, but He wants me to seek Him about it first. Let’s just take a look at today, I have a chance every morning to spend time with Him beginning at 9:00am to whenever. There was no difference about today but things piled up as I checked in, I did not take my time with Him again. I darted out the door running around for the student ministry and other things for the church, all of it could have waited nobody was asking me to do it right then. So I finally get done and sit down at my desk for the first time today and I get this post from you. Prayer has go to be my number one focus everyday, thank you for allowing God to speak through you.

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