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30 April 2000 Sunday Evening Talk Notes
On Purpose driven youth ministry

Start of service - Notices

Introduction by George Herbert

If I was asked what would make up a successful youth work, I would list the following keywords (not in any particular order):

  • Prayer

  • Communication
  • Biblical
  • Relationships
  • Teamwork
  • Direction
  • Holistic
  • Balanced
  • Safe
  • Training

  • Servant heart
  • Large/Small groups
  • Relevant
  • Professional
  • Involves all the church
  • God's power
  • Tailored
  • Excellence

Tonight we will consider 3 of the above keywords:

  • Prayer

  • Biblical
  • Communication

So I can communicate our Biblical framework to the whole church to enable them to join us in pray. So all the church will clearly understand where I am coming from and we are going.

Worship time by the worship group

Talk by George Herbert - Youth Work Framework

Agenda:

  • Look at Framework - 5 purposes

    • Evangelism
    • Worship
    • Fellowship
    • Discipleship
    • Ministry
  • Five circles of commitment
    • Community
    • Crowd
    • Congregation
    • Committed
    • Core
  • Where do we go from here ?

Definition: A Biblical Framework is one in which the how, the what and the why we do things depends on the Bible.

I had two choices when I was asked to co-ordinate:

  1. To keep doing the programmes and encourage people to make them better (programme driven) or

  2. to get everyone to pull aside from their busy schedule and think why is he/she doing what they are doing and bring everything in line with set biblical purposes (purpose driven).

Read quote from book page 45 of 'Purpose driven youth ministry' by Doug Fields.
(permission being obtained to include the quote here)

The great Commandment & great Commission:

Read

Matt 22:37-40

Matt 28:19-20

34. Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
37 Jesus replied: "`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: `Love your neighbour as yourself.'
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (NIV)

From these passages we see the 5 purposes. If we looked at Acts 2:42-47 we can see these purposes in action. They can be summarised as:

  • Evangelism - "Go and make disciples"

  • Worship - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart"
  • Fellowship - "Baptising them"
  • Discipleship - "Teaching them to obey"
  • Ministry - "Love your neighbour as yourself"

As I run through each purpose ask yourself am I or is my group filling that purpose.

Evangelism

Read Acts 1:8
We are called to be witnesses - sharing the good news. As adults we must be models for the young people to follow.
Secret of growth is not evangelistic programmes but evangelistic young people.
Yet In today's school life it is tough for young people to stand up for what we believe.

Worship

Read Romans 12:1
We often limit worship to singing praise songs. Yet worship involves our whole lifestyle.

Fellowship

Read Eph 2:19
We can not compete with world - night clubs, pubs etc, nor should we want to.
We uniquely offer young people to be known, accepted, cared for, loved, held accountable and encouraged.
Still we don't have any reason for our activities to be boring
Most youth groups (particularly open ones) are strong in this area. I believe through good relationships that young people come and even sit through the most boring of services.
Dangers are that we can form holy huddles/cliques and normally miss out on evangelism.

Discipleship

Read Hebs 6:1
To build up young people to become more like Jesus. Life long process. Being young people they make two great steps forward then all often through no fault of their own take two steps back.
We need to remember that we plant the seed and it is God who makes the growth.
Read 1 Cor 3: 6-7

Ministry

Read 2 Tim 4:5
God has given every Christian special gifts and no where goes the Bible say that there are any age limitations. Therefore the young people must have opportunity to practise their gifts. Use of drama, speaking, music etc.
So as we have looked at these purposes how would you grade Meadow Way Chapel ?
Read book page 50 - for typically American youth groups.
(permission being obtained to include the quote here)
We now move onto the young people themselves.
Show Five Circles of Commitment
(permission being obtained to include the quote here)
These circles show us our potential audience and the target of seeing the Christian life as a process and not stopping at just becoming a Christian.

Community

Young people living within a few miles from the church who have no involvement within the church (greater than 90% of young people in the area).

Crowd

Young People who would come to a event like tonight, or a youth service, invited by friends, even forced by parents. Some are Christians some are not.

Congregation

Young people who have become Christians.

Committed

Young people who have committed to Bible study, prayer and may have been baptised.

Core

Young people who have discovered their gifts and are ministering to others.
So we need to identify where our people are at and then look at the potential young people we may attract.
Word of warning - dangers of pushing people too quick. Remember their bodies are changing all the time and remember the pressure of school and parents.
So we need to merge the purposes with our potential breakdown of young people to show us what activities we plan.

So what next ?

May 2000

Develop Child Protection Policy

May

Visit of all activities by George

June

Start Child Protection Training (repeat in September)

June

Issue application forms to all leaders

July 8th

Review current set up: Saturday 9am to 3pm

September

Launch monthly training programme "Toolbox"

January 2001

Launch any new programmes