Why Kids Need Exegetical Bible Teaching for the Long Haul
I remember the most influential piece of wisdom I received in my first year of youth ministry. Over Starbucks, I met with my former pastor, Mark, who had introduced me to the Gospel of grace five years earlier. He had worked with Young Life for several years before becoming a church planter.
Mark said, “If anyone asks you how your ministry is doing, always reply with this: ‘I’ll tell you in ten years how my ministry is doing right now.’”
Mark established a vision for my ministry. In leading young people, we always should look to the future. In Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide, I identified “lasting faith” as the core aim of youth ministry. We don’t just want kids to experience a “Jesus phase” for a season during adolescence, only to watch them walk away from Christ and the church as adults. We long to see kids faithfully follow Jesus for their entire lives, as they lead redemptive lives for the Kingdom.
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