Saturday, January 03, 2009

Essential Model for Youth Ministry

Based on Thom and Sam Rainer's book, Essential Church, there are four essential phases for churches and youth ministries to become essential and effective in the lives of individuals and the community... Essential to move from death to life... Essential to reclaim a generation of church and youth group dropouts. These phases can serve as a spring-board for an evaluation of our youth ministries and churches alike by asking some very simple questions.

How are we doing with...?

Simplify—the ministry develops a clear structure and process for making disciples.

Deepen—the ministry provides strong biblical teaching and preaching.

Expect—the ministry has an attitude that communicates to its members that they must be committed to the ministry.

Multiply—the ministry has an outward focus, driving to reach people for Christ and starting
new churches.

What can we do to align the ministry to reflect these basic essentials?

What can we expect by aligning with the essentials?

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