12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.– 1 Timothy 4:12-16
We have learnt a lot about ministering to young adults during our years here at NCF Church. Here are a couple of points we think are valuable when it comes to ministering to young adults.
- Leaders should preferably be single and in the 20’s age group
- Treat young adults seriously. Playing games and entertaining them will get you a clique of 30-50 and nothing more. They are at their best when you trust them to cope with small groups, worship leading, preaching, and missions
What does it take to lead a strong youth group?
1. Reach teenagers
- Speak their language in terms of technology, dress, vocabulary, and style
- Be anointed– be careful who gets the mic
- Deal with relevant issues
- Know how to raise leaders. The group will grow in direct proportion to your leadership team and the life in the small groups
- Be alive– fun is not going to make it grow, but a lack of fun will kill it
- Have purpose– the group must be going somewhere, vision is HUGE for this age. Every teenager is wondering what he will become and where his/her life is headed
- Understand how to connect with and integrate them.
2. Give parents confidence:
- Ensure safety in terms of:
- Who they are being exposed to
- A secure facility
- A sense of discipline
3. Reach into schools:
- Ensure that the parent body will be happy for your church’s involvement
- Ensure that the leaders who are sent to the schools are responsible individuals
- Ensure that the leaders genuinely honour/care for the school
We hope that this resource blesses you and your youth ministry. Feel free to print, edit and distribute this document.