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Joshua Roberts CM 101: Youth Ministry Philosophy & Leadership 17 May 2015 My Philosophy for Youth Ministry I believe that youth ministry is vital to the growth and effectiveness of the church—local and universal. In order for the church to grow, the adult generations of the church needs to insure the faith by training children and young adults “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”(Ephesians 6:4). When the youth of the church are not taught the importance of a vibrant and active relationship with God, then the church will see its ranks become thin and aged. With age comes wisdom and experience, but with youth comes energy and determination. In order for the church to be effective it must see youth ministry as a vital part of…show more content…
Again there needs to be growth within the youth leaders as well as the teens. Parents are not exempt from this need either. Growth can be encouraged in a number of ways, but one that is critical for the believer is through the Word of God. 1 Peter 2:2 says that “As newborn babes[we ought to], desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” The Bible needs to be the main source of where we draw our teaching and instruction for righteous living. We cannot rely completely on what we feel about our walk with God or else we fall in danger of heresy or incorrect thinking about the faith we possess. Doctrine from God’s Word is what gives us the reason for why we do what we do and why we believe in what we believe. Therefore we must show our teens that God’s Word is a perfect source for growth. Charles Spurgeon’s comments fit perfectly the first two values I believe should be focused on in youth ministry. He has been recorded having said that “Bread is a second cause; the LORD Himself is the first source of our sustenance. He can work without the second cause as well as with it; and we must not tie Him down to one mode of operation.” Galatians 5:13c says “by love serve one another.” The last area that would be profitably applied as a principle for youth ministry is the area of service. Service is an essential part of any church’s ministry and having teens learn to

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