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Our high school ministry had dwindled from sixty students down to nine. I know that numbers are relative; however, we had seen a significant drop. It happened when we removed the requirement for teens to attend because of sacramental prep. The teens we did have wanted to be there, which was good. The new challenge was getting them to bring in their friends.
Evangelism is not an easy task. It’s clear, but again, not easy. To encourage a teenager that they need to bring their friends to Christ, especially in a world of relativism can be overwhelming. To help them bring their friends to a place where you can assist with the evangelization you need to:
I went to a small private Christian school in Michigan, and for the most part I loved it. One thing I remember happening almost every day was my principal whistling as he walked down the hallway toward my math class. It was one of the most nerve wrecking things I’ve ever experienced. As he would approach the classroom, everyone would be standing because this usually would happen in the morning as soon as we had gotten to class.
He would then go around randomly asking us multiplication problems. We would all be sweating hoping we knew the answer. I remember hearing him firing off questions and thinking, "I know that one" or, "I should’ve gotten that one." It was the most intense part of my week, but there was one thing that stuck out to me and it has shaped how I lead/counsel/mentor students and volunteers. He would always pick a few of us and ask, “How did you come up with that answer?” I always thought to myself, “We got the answer right, what more do you want from us?”
There's a difference between a gimmick and entertainment.
Entertainment is a part of what we do in ministry. After all, it's YOUTH ministry. If you know me, you know that I place as much value on the deep stuff of discipleship as anyone, and believe our ministries should be places that are laser-focused on spiritual formation. But, entertainment and fun is awesome when it's one facet of a holistic approach to discipleship.
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