What's the Purpose?
- The goal of youth ministry is helping students become “full circle” followers of Jesus.
- The center of youth ministry is the student group. Supporting that end are large groups, retreats, events, etc.
- A student group is two or more students talking through topics from www.pursueGOD.orgor www.FLEXTALK.org.
- Launching student groups is simple: adult leaders lead student leaders, student leaders lead students, and eventually those students become the student leaders.
Are You Qualified?
More Student Training
- Helping Students Grow in Their Faith
- Are You Qualified to Lead a Student Group?
- How to Start a Student Group
- Mentoring Youth When You Are Short on Time
- Student Leader Training: Who’s the Boss?
- Launching a Mentor-Based Youth Ministry
- Youth Leader Training: Focus on Mentoring
- What Is the Gateway for Youth at Your Church?
- Welcome to Student Ministry
- 3 Principles for Youth Leader Meetings
- What Qualifies You to Lead Students?
- Student Leader Training: Support the Team
- Student Leader Training: Be an Example
- Student Leader Training: A Disciple Who Makes Disciples
- Youth Leader Training: Prioritize Safety
- What Is the Purpose of Youth Group?
What Jesus Envisioned
- Jesus envisioned a church full of disciple-makers. Matthew 28:19-20
- Disciple-makers have a heart for people outside the church.
- In a disciple-making church, the leaders are strategic about equipping people to minister. Ephesians 4:11-12
- In a culture of discipleship it’s the norm – not the exception – for people to be making disciples. Ephesians 4:12-13
- A “disciple” is someone who goes “full circle” to trust Jesus, honor God, and make disciples.
- “Disciple-making” happens through a series of conversations, and that’s what our tools empower you to do. Ephesians 4:15
- Disciple-making happens in four main environments at church: the family, the small group, the ministry team, and one-on-one.
- Equip your parents to disciple their kids at home. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
- Leverage your small groups for disciple-making.
- Leverage your ministry teams for disciple-making.
- Every believer in your church can go make disciples. Matthew 28:19-20
More Big Picture
- Why We Should Track Discipleship Milestones
- Strategic Priority for Pastors
- The Difference between Outward-facing and Inward-facing Frameworks
- How to Create a Warm Church That Makes Disciples
- Youth Leaders: Make Disciples Who Make Disciples
- What You Need to Stop Doing to Make More Disciples
- The Flywheel for a Discipleship Culture
- Setting Up Your Church Org Chart
- When the Institution Competes with the Mission
- How to Kick Off Mentoring at Your Church
- Is Your Small Group Really Winning?
- Eliminating Sideways Energy
- Small Group Ground Rules
- Things to Remember as Your Small Group Moves Forward
- 3 Important Points for All Christian Small Groups
- Buying In to the System
- Start Up Disciple-making for Small Churches
- Making the Handoff
- Using the 101 Report to Track Disciple-Making
- Launching a Mentor-Based Youth Ministry
- Developing People in Small Groups
- How to Run a PG Small Group
- Discipleship Culture: Envisioning a New Kind of Church
- How to Avoid Small Group Leader Burnout
- The Environments for Disciple-making
- Establish Biblical Foundations
- Leveraging Ministry Teams for Disciple-making
- Equip Believers to Minister
- Empower Disciples to Make Disciples
- What is Discipleship?
- Five Box Strategy for a PursueGOD Church
- Five Point Clarity for a PursueGOD Church
- The Church Jesus Envisioned
- People Want a Pastor
- Training Leaders Like Jesus Did
- How to Roll Out a Discipleship Culture in Your Church
- What Is a Discipleship Culture?
- Other Believers Help Us Honor God
- What Is Team Mentoring?
- From Doer to Equipper
- 4-Corner Leadership at Church
- How to Win “Full Circle” at Church
Q. How does ministry training work?
Training tracks are designed to help you go “full circle” with a group or mentor over the course of 6 or more weeks. Just cover a topic every week with a group or mentor, watching the video ahead of time to prepare for the conversation. Connect in person or on the phone and use the discussion questions provided to learn together. The goal is to help you pursue God “full circle”, which is our picture of discipleship:
Q. What is the structure of a training track?
Training tracks are divided into two sections. First you’ll cover training topics specific to your area of ministry. Feel free to cover additional topics as needed. Then you’ll cover “big picture” topics to learn about how your specific ministry fits in to the overall picture of discipleship at your church.
Q. What if we need more than 6 weeks?
Then take more time! We recommend covering additional topics at the end of any section as needed for your own pursuit of God.