Spiritual Formation for Wesleyan Youth by umsymums33



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      Spiritual Formation for Wesleyan Youth
  	      •	Where	to	Start
  	      •	Model	of	Youth	Ministry

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                 Where	to	Start
                 Develop	a	vision
                 Having a vision is the key ministry objective of the youth program. It is a comprehen-
                 sive directive about who the youth group wants to reach and what the youth desires
                 to accomplish. There is one step to take and three questions to ask when developing a
                 mission statement.

                 The first step is to pray and ask God to give you a vision for your youth ministry. Wait on God he will
                 begin to speak to you and give you definite direction. Next ask these three questions:

                       1. Why do we exist? – Reach the un-churched / Encourage the believers

                       2. Whom do we serve? – Culture / Area

                       3. What do we produce? Ministers, disciples, missions, servant-hood

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                               Where	to	Start...	
                               Develop	Values.	
                               It is important to know what you value when you are teaching and developing the lives
                               of teens. Values are those elements or components that you want your teens to learn
                               while they go through your ministry.

                               Example of youth ministry values: *

                                     Genuine faith –putting your trust in God
                                     Spiritual disciplines – seeing with God’s eyes
                                     Healthy friendships – choosing friends for life
                                     Ultimate Authority – finding freedom under God
* reference                          Others first – considering others before yourself

The Youth Builder by Jim
Burns, PH.D & Mike DeVries:    These are just a few there are more that may be relevant to your particular situation. A test for devel-
Foreword by Doug Fields
                               oping good values can be done by answering some simple questions:
The Seven Checkpoints;
Seven Principles Every
Teenager Needs To Know
                                     • Is it biblical
by Andy Stanley Stuart Hall:         • Will it increase involvement
Foreword by Louie Giglio
                                     • Does it challenge people
Purpose Driven Youth                 • Is it consistent with your own belief system/ does it match your personal values
Ministry; 9 Essential
Foundations for Healthy              • Can it be communicated effectively
Growth by Doug Fields:               • Can it be implemented
Foreword by Rick Warren

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                 Where	to	Start...		
                 Develop	a	Plan.	
                 The plan puts your vision and values into action. It gives you direction.
                 Having a solid plan develops structure, gives reason and defines your target.

                 The average Wesleyan youth group meets three times a week not to mention other activities and
                 events. Those three times usually include Sunday school, Sunday Night and Wednesday night (or any
                 weeknight). In your Youth Ministry there are different components that stem from your vision and
                 values that you are trying to accomplish. Chances are you will not be able to meet those needs in one
                 meeting. It is important that you define the purpose of these meeting in order to maximize your vision
                 and values. Out of your vision and values ask these questions:

                       • How can my vision and values be accomplished through various meeting times?
                       • Mid-week is the best time to accomplish what values?
                       • Sunday Night is the best time to accomplish what values?

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                 Where	to	Start...	
                 Develop	a	Plan.	
                 The plan puts your vision and values into action. It gives you direction.
                 Having a solid plan develops structure, gives reason and defines your target.

                 When you have reason you have momentum. Let’s say that you decide that Sunday nights will focus on
                 discipleship and you are going to accomplish that through small groups. Now you have a reason for
                 what you are doing on Sunday nights. That reason drives your planning, promoting and also answers
                 the questions that are often asked by parents and senior pastors. Others will often raise questions as
                 to why you doing “this” and not doing “that”. Having a solid plan gives you reason. If your mid-week
                 program is designed to be an outreach night and you are asking your teens to invite their un-churched
                 friends this is not the night to have an in-depth bible study. Granted, you always need to present the
                 gospel but know the reason of the meeting.

                 Once you have a structure in place and reason you now can begin to target your audience. Know when
                 you are trying to reach new ones and when you are trying to develop the ones you already have and
                 go after it.

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                 Jesus’	Model	of	Ministry
                 When you look at the life of Jesus and how he ministered to those around him you
                 will find some basic concepts that are transferable to today’s local church. There are five
                 different types of environments in which Jesus communicated His message. And in
                 those five concepts we find the different ways in which Jesus would reach individuals.

                       Jesus’ Model of Ministry Consisted of:
                              Crowd         Masses       Discipleship        Mentoring            One on One

                 This is the event that is for all people. Anybody and everybody can come enjoy take part listen to the
                 gospel. Jesus had these crowd events often.

                       • Feeding of the 5000
                       • Wedding water into wine
                       • Healings and miracles

                 Your crowd event should be geared for everyone; appealing to the un-churched. It bridges the gaps,
                 builds relationships and attracts teens. I would focus on these crowd events once a month at the most
                 or once a quarter at the least

                       • Lock-ins
                       • Trips/ camps
                       • 5th quarters

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                 Jesus’	Model	of	Ministry...
                 Do not get this title confused with numbers. In the bible it is the “masses” that are referred to when
                 Jesus did his teaching and challenging.

                       • The Sermon on the Mount
                       • Teaching in the synagogue
                       • Whenever he would breakdown the truth and give the people some meat to chew on

                 Masses are your regular weekly meeting. It is where you do your teaching. It could be Sunday school it
                 could be something more intentional that focuses on your more committed teens.

                       • Sunday School
                       • Mid-week
                       • Student prayer meeting

                 These of course are the 12 that Jesus personally invested in and developed to become leaders. You
                 should look for those students with in your group that you feel are worth the time and effort and pour
                 your life into them.

                       • Leadership development
                       • Small group
                       • Learning to apply biblical principles

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                 Jesus’	Model	of	Ministry...
                 Within the 12 Jesus got even more intimate and personal with 3. Notice how the number is getting
                 smaller and smaller. Mentoring is key to effective discipleship. Look for that one or two students and
                 get one on one with them.

                       • Accountability
                       • Prayer
                       • Leadership responsibility

                 One	on	One:
                 This is what it all comes down to. That when you leave or a student graduates he/she will be
                 independent in living with Christ and look to develop others. Example John 21.

                       • Leadership development
                       • Small group
                       • Learning to apply biblical principles

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                              Contact	Us
                                 Rev.	Scott	Simmons         simmonss@wesleyan.org
                                                            Director of Youth Ministry for the Spiritual Formation Department

                                 Children’s	Ministry	   	   childrensministry@wesleyan.org
                                 Youth	Ministry	            youth@wesleyan.org
                                 Adult	Ministries           adultministries@wesleyan.org

                                 Spiritual	Formation	   	   Dr.	Jim	Dunn
                                                            General Director of Spiritual Formation Department
 Spiritual	Formation	Dept.	
  of	The	Wesleyan	Church

         13300 Olio Road
         Fishers, IN 46037       WEBSITE	                   www.wesleyan.org/youth
            PO Box 50434         	   	    	             	   www.unstoppableministries.com
     Indianapolis, IN 46250

            (317) 774-3888

            (317) 774-3880

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