For me, life really began as a 15 year old student when God did a radical transformational work in my life and Jesus consumed my world. Our church “youth group,” was not content with mediocrity and we were full-on committed to discipleship.
Hundreds of students were impacted and many are still faithfully serving the Lord today. Some have also been called to full-time vocational ministry service.
In 2009, students are still aching for the same thing I was—fulfillment, hope and purpose.
Ultimately, our churches and ministries should be about connecting the human race with the one true God. Not just for eternal salvation, but for eternal relationship.
Yes, the culture is different and technology has changed the way students connect, but their desire to connect in meaningful ways is still the same.
So, why are some churches great at developing a vibrant and dynamic student ministry while others seem dead and listless?
Though I believe there are numerous contributing factors, here are a few thoughts for student pastors to keep in mind to ensure that their ministry is alive and well and that their students “get it.”