Youth Ministry and Evangelism – Part 4 – Where to Go

January 28, 2013 — 2 Comments

You can read the first three posts here, here and here. Where do we go from here? I am sure there is all of the statistical data to discuss and missional “stratgery” that merits our attention. But if we take a step back and ask, “What works?” I am not sure that we can come up with a cookie-cutter plan that works for everyone. But that’s what we want isn’t it? We want a P90x program that can be plugged into any church context that will automatically multiply our numbers. We tell ourselves thought it’s not about numbers it is about saving souls (souls are numbers right?) yet the pressure of our budgets and the depleting numbers in our Sunday night service is evident that something must budge. So we want an evangelism P90x to plug in and get results. I think we should move in a different direction…one that is simple. Consider The Skit Guys and their hilarious video that closes with a point I want to highlight….

Investment into one person. We are not called to save the world but we can invest in one person. Eddie and Tommy both talked about how investment made on their part or on the part of someone else made the difference in salvation and changed their lives. Last night one of my former youth group kids spoke to my current youth group and he talked about a relationship he had with a girl for 2 1/2 years and how he was able to baptize her. Investment. One person. Full focus. Prayers, efforts, service, study all focused on one. So often we worry about all the things around us when sometimes God reveals the fertile soil that is right in front of us.

What if we taught students to invest their lives into people for a year committed to discipling them and helping them grow over a period of time. Then watching that person do the exact same thing. Friends, discipleship and evangelism does not have to be mutually exclusive. They can be one in the same. So that is what I have learned. It takes investment, relationships and a whole lot of God in this process.

What would you add?

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2 responses to Youth Ministry and Evangelism – Part 4 – Where to Go

  1. 

    Robbie,

    This is an excellent post. I couldn’t agree more with the idea of investing in one person. This is part of a challenge I have placed before the students in my student ministry here in Knoxville. I have challenged them to find one person to invest their time and life in over the course of 2013. This is not a one time investment, but an ongoing process of life. I believe if we all do this, we will truly notice the difference we can make in the lives of other people.

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      Robbie Mackenzie January 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

      I am glad you are investing in that capacity. It does take time and there must be rhythms if things are going to work. Thank you for the discussion.

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