Discipleship-making should be the central focus of local church life. As young people grow up in a discipleship-making situation, their tendency to learn and choose to follow Christ will grow. This culture will support youth when they make the decision to live their lives open for the Spirit of Christ to propel them in a desired direction. Similar to the work of a sail on a ship, our spiritual sail is what moves us forward, and this happens through discipleship.
What it looks like
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Each young person who chooses Christ is different, but our churches need to respond by affirming them, enabling the next steps of their journey, and by giving them a chance to actively move toward doing something about their decision.
Invite young people to:
- Start a small group action team where they invite a few friends to pray, read scripture and plan projects to help those in need.
- Assist an adult as they give Bible studies to someone else.
- Help teach Sabbath school to kids in the younger divisions.
- Interview faithful believers in the church about the big decisions they have made in relation to their walk with Christ.
What young people need to hear, sense and feel is action. Be willing to put other things on hold in order to meet with those who are interested in getting involved. Extend the invitation to become a disciple of Christ in as many different ways as you can.
Want more suggestions on cultivating discipleship with your church youth? Find "Out of the Shipyard" on our Resource page!