How We Make Disciples
As a youth ministry we believe that it is critical for us to follow the approach to ministry of the wider church body. Our church has been on a long journey of becoming a disciple-making church. We believe in reaching, raising and releasing an army of believers into all spheres of life. Making disciples starts with the heart. When we have a revelation that Jesus Christ died on the cross to purchase our lives from the destruction of sin and death, all we have belongs to him and all we are is because of Him; there is only one response, to give Him our time, talents and treasure. Most importantly, we share His love with others. Making disciples is about following Him, fishing for those who do not yet know Him and staying connected or in fellowship with those who already have a relationship with Him. We have identified different stages of growth and development in the life of a believer. The first stage is to become ENGAGED in people’s lives, the next step is to ESTABLISH strong foundations in our lives and in the lives of others, we then have to be EQUIPPED to minister and equip others to be disciple-makers and finally, we all need to be EMPOWERED to make disciples. Here is what the process looks like diagramatically.
Here is our youth version of this diagram showing the four stages of disciplemaking:
Here is a description of what we actually do at each stage of our disciplemaking process:
1. Engage. Our Friday night event is an opportunity for teens to bring their friends so they can engage with other believers and with God. The key components of our Engage event are: Relationships, Hang Time, Welcome, Announcements, Main Event, Gospel Message, Small Groups & Refreshments.
2. Establish. Our Sunday morning event helps to establish teens in the faith. The key components are: Worship, Connect, Welcome, Offering, Notices, Messages, Prayer & Ministry.
3. Equip. We equip teens to minister among their peers in these ways: Equipping series on a Sunday morning; monthly leadership meetings and weekly prayer meetings; helping to plan and setup Friday night events or present part of a Sunday morning service (i.e. Welcome, Notices, Offering).
4. Empower. We empower teens by releasing them to serve as Connect Leaders or as Teen Leaders who help plan and present weekly events.