For every youth ministry summer trip, there are more “God moments” to share than you could fit into a 15 minute conversation. Sadly, most of these stories are never shared within the youth group and certainly not shared with the whole church. As we come to the end of another summer where youth have traveled all over the country and around the world in the name of Jesus, I want to share some practical ways that you can share what God has done with the entire church family.
All of these suggestions are ways to help you get God’s story out to others. One thing to remember is that you are sharing God’s story. All these suggestions are opportunities to help youth testify to something God did in their lives or someone else’s. I have seen many a mission moment ruined as teens shared an insider’s story about something funny that happened. They are trying to share something significant that happened, but the way they share it will shape how it is received. The emphasis should always be on God’s activity. Each of these is an opportunity to help youth recognize and acknowledge God’s presence in their lives.
Here are some questions that you can use to help youth as they learn to recognize God’s activity:
There are several reasons for sharing these stories with the whole church. They create space for conversation between youth and adults in the church. They make the church aware of what is happening in the youth ministry. But most importantly, they share manna from heaven with a world that is hungry to know God is with us.
CYMT is excited about its newest endeavor, Theology Together. Theology Together educates both teenagers and youth workers as they engage in theological reflection, spiritual practice, vital service, and vocational discernment. The Theology Together process produces reflective action that is embedded in the fabric of youth ministry in all of its contexts. We believe strongly that youth are theologians and belong at the center of tough, life-changing dialogue around faith, relationships, and life. We place teenagers in the driver seat alongside their youth pastors and leaders, equipping each individual to think differently about youth ministry, to provoke a sense of awe and wonder: a WOW moment.
Youth theology is theology built upon the simple doctrinal principle of the priesthood of all believers, and takes that principle right down to its natural conclusion: that all believers, including youth, teens, adolescents, etc. are theologians. It is theology that values all youth as theologians. Here we will share with you how to engage with youth theology in your own ministry.
A few weeks ago, we shared the launch of Theology Together 2.0. Today, Dwight (the director of Theology Together) will be sharing with us one experience […]