It’s important to understand the goal of youth ministry. We want to help students become followers of Jesus who make other followers of Jesus. Or, to use other language found in the Bible, we want to help students become disciples who make other disciples.
As a student leader, our desire is that you would learn to make disciples. We don’t want you to just grow in your knowledge of the Bible and your personal obedience to God. We want you to learn to help others pursue God. This is the mission that Jesus gave us.
Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
This is Jesus’ command to us. We are supposed to go out into all the world and make disciples. Jesus doesn’t say to wait to obey this command until you are an adult or in college. You should begin to follow this command now. So, here several things you can do in order to help you make disciples.
Take mentor training
At pursueGOD.org, we often use the word “mentoring” to talk about making disciples. One of the best tools we have is called Mentor Training. Mentor Training will teach you how to help someone else pursue God. Go through the Mentor Training lessons with your mentor.
Invite friends to your small group or church
You don’t have to wait until you’ve finished mentor training to begin to help others pursue God. You can start today by inviting your friends to small group, youth group, or church. Think about a friend or two in your own life who don’t yet have a relationship with God. Make a plan to invite them to an activity that will introduce them to God.
Start your own group
You can even start your own group. With the help of your mentor, invite two or three friends to start a small group with you. Pick a series from the pursueGOD.org library, and go through it with them. Or, ask your church leaders about starting a small group for younger students. You don’t have to wait to be an adult before you mentor others and lead a small group.
- Invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this article? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What does it mean to be a disciple of someone?
- Read Matthew 28:19-20. According to these verses, what goes into making a disciple?
- Write down the name of one or two friends that you can invite to youth group or church.
- Do you feel ready to help others pursue God? Why or why not?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.