Hey everyone, I’ve been thinking a lot about youth ministry in general lately, and I got thinking that maybe it would be good to write down some of these thoughts and make them available. So here goes!

We need Elevate (or any church youth group in general) because:

1) God has something specific to say to you and your generation (or, age group). If you’re a teen, you probably know that you face some pretty intense things at a pretty intense pace: dating relationships, questions like “who am I?”, peer pressure to fit in, societal pressure to stand out, schoolwork, homework assignments, friends who are making poor decisions, and the list goes on. Adults have other serious things going on in their lives, but it seems that students get a lot of things piling up in a short amount of time. The good news is that God cares about what you’re going through, and He even has things to say to you. Here’s just a glimpse: that you’re loved, that you’re unique and special, that He has a plan and a purpose for you! He also has wisdom, advice and counsel for you as you’re trying to figure out dating relationships and what you’re going to do with your life (among other things).

2) Other students at elevate need you! Your sense of humour, your outlook on life, all of who you are! God made you and He has a purpose for you, right now-not in 20 years! You may feel like you’re not influential, but the truth is that God has probably already used you to impact someone in the youth group, and wants you to impact someone again in the future. If you ever feel like your relationship with God is strong; I’d be willing to bet that whenever you’re in one of those seasons there will be another person in the youth group who needs to lean on you, just like you leaned on someone else in your past. You have a vital role to play in your youth group, and God wants to use you to impact someone else’s life.

3) Your friends need you to speak up for them! You know your friends: what they like, what their sense of humour is like, what their music preferences are, what games would be fun to play, what things teens today are facing, etc. The amazing thing about Elevate youth is that you’re not here just to listen but we actually need you to speak up and let us know what we need to start/stop doing, what we should change to help you introduce your friends to Jesus, or ask for prayer for yourself or your friends.

We’re in this together, and one of the job descriptions for pastors (including youth pastors) is “…to equip the saints (that’s you by the way, if you follow Jesus) to do the work of ministry.” We want to equip you!

Shane

P.S. I'm really looking forward to youth tomorrow night!

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