The goal of each session is to equip you with a scriptural foundation for each priority, in addition to a mountain of practical ideas to apply it.
We will look at the life of Christ to examine how Jesus practically taught and modeled these priorities to his disciples. We will also examine successful tips and ideas that other youth groups have successfully used to help their students internalize these principles.
Six Foundational Priorities
Each 3 week training session focuses on one of these six priorities.
Dependence of the Holy Spirit
Jesus was the Son of God. Yet he seemed unwilling to "go at it alone." instead, he lived a life of humble dependence, "do only what I see my father doing..." what does his example of dependence mean for student ministry, and how can we equip students to seek that same level of dependence?
The Son of Man was known by his followers to pray frequently and intently. He would even step away from large ministry opportunities to be with the Father. His commitment to this communion still inspires his followers, especially in our fast-paced culture. When students grab a hold of this reality of prayer, truly amazing things happen.
Obedience to the Kingdom Agenda (anticipation and hope)
John the baptist's message was "repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near" (Matt 3:2). Jesus' message was the same! (Matt 4:17) This message created at atmosphere of anticipation, hope, and appreciation for what God was going to do. It attracted large crowds and helped mature believers. The principle was a foundation of Jesus' movement and can be incorporated into our ministries today to help our students look forward to the great things God will do in and trough them.
Word of God
Time and again we see Jesus quoting and referencing the scripture (over 80 times!), displaying his deep knowledge and appreciation for the Word of God. He knew the Word is "living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirits, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Heb 4:12). It was a core of Christ's ministry, and it must in ours too so we can help students lay a solid foundation in their own lives.
Exaulting the Father
Jesus was devoted to continually exalting the Father in every area of his life, and we are to do the same. But we must first have a proper understanding of who Christ really is! As we walk through his life, we see him carefully explain who he is, what he is going to do, and finally the cost of following him. As we help our students grasp these realities, only then can they embrace a lifestyle of worship.
Relationships are the foundation of any ministry, and must be built both inside and outside of the formal ministry setting. One of the most exciting studies is to look at how Christ built relationships and who he built relationships with. It is clear that his ministry was driven by relationships, not programs. Implementing this priority in a youth group setting is one of the most challenging, but life-long it has on students is unquestionably worth it.
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