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How Camps Support Healthy Youth Ministries

We have a camp ministry that serves children, teens and college-age young adults. Most of the camps are held during the summer, but others occur at other times of year.

Youth ministry back home

The leaders of our camp ministry want to be more intentional about integrating the incredible ministry that occurs in a camp setting with the essential youth ministry that occurs back home. But how is this done?

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Jeb Egbert
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Youth Ministry and the Great Commission

Healthy youth ministry, like all authentic Christian ministry, originates with God and flows from the person of Jesus through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Christian ministry is the sovereign work of God, yet God, in his divine freedom and grace, invites us to partner with him in his disciplemaking work. As followers of Jesus, we are disciples and equipped and commissioned to be disciplemakers.

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Ted Johnston
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Loving God: Foundation for Youth Ministry

“Is there anything else you would like to discuss before we conclude?” I asked the group of counselors sitting before me. We had just spent two days in counselor training in preparation for summer camp. During that time, we prayed, planned, discussed scenarios, set goals and shared thoughts about the young people God would be sending our way.

A young woman raised her hand. “I can’t wait until the campers arrive.” Her eyes began to fill with tears. “I can’t wait to see how God will use this experience to make a powerful impact in their lives.”

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Jeb Egbert
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Youth Ministry — The Importance of Prayer

It’s a tough world. The devil, our fallen nature, a self-centered and materialistic culture, all are having a powerful effect on a vast segment of the population, and nowhere is this more evident than among young people.

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Jeb Egbert
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What Is Youth Ministry?

I was sitting on the deck outside the house at a youth summer camp a few years back. It was early in the morning. Over a rise to the west, I heard the soft sounds of guitars, and young people singing. Like a magnet, the music drew me in its direction. I walked to a location where I could identify what was happening.

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Jeb Egbert
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Teen Ministry: Rethinking Our Paradigm

We are in a “whole new ball game” as we face the complex issues affecting today’s teens in our media-driven youth culture. Christian churches are discovering that the “old ways” of reaching teens with the gospel are no longer effective. Times have changed, and so must our methods of youth ministry and evangelism. An open and honest approach is essential as we face these challenges. Our response will dramatically affect the future of our churches.

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David Smith
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Youth Ministry: Playing as a Team

As long as I can remember I've loved football. When I was 12 years old, my brother, two neighbor kids, and I formed "AFAS," short for "Alley Football All-Stars." We had plays we had practiced, we had cheers we had worked out, and when it came to game time, we scored touchdown after touchdown against the other kids in the neighborhood. That is, until Mom called us in for dinner.

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Kara Eckmann Powell
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Evangelizing Postmodern Youths

Youth Ministry

To lead a person to Christ, you have to reach them where they are and communicate with them in a way they can relate to. 

The world our youths are growing up in is dramatically different from the one I experienced. I grew up in the modern age dominated by Enlightenment-era, scientific, linear thinking. The world of the emerging generation is increasingly postmodern—a change with huge implications for how we evangelize youths.

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Mark Tittley
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Modification, Formation, and Reformation in Youth Ministry

The following article appears here with permission from Steve Argue and Dave Livermore, who advocate focusing youth ministry on spiritual formation rather than on mere behavior modification. This emphasis is crucial if our youth ministries are to be ones that multiply young disciplemaking followers of Jesus.


By Steve Argue and Dave Livermore

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Steve Argue and Dave Livermore
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