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Disciplemaking Ministry: Conclusion

The powerful principle that underlies the foundations of youth ministry is that the Holy Spirit makes disciples of Jesus. Our job is to cooperate (co-minister) with him. One of the most important ways we do so is by providing a healthy environment for the Spirit to do his disciplemaking work. In this series, we’ve described six essential characteristics (foundations) of disciplemaking environments:

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Ted Johnston
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Disciplemaking Ministry: Having a "Commitment to Contact" in Your Youth Ministry

In Carl Sagan’s novel Contact, an astronomer devotes her life to making contact with intelligent beings beyond our solar system. The means by which she is drawn into that contact makes for thrilling science fiction. I like Sagan’s writing (he was an excellent author and a brilliant scientist), but what I wish he had learned before his death in 1996 is that we don’t have to go looking for intelligent life in outer space—it’s already made contact with us.

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Ted Johnston
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Disciplemaking Ministry: Creating a Biblical Group Image in Your Youth Ministry

One evening after returning from a long day at work, I plopped into an oversized chair and flicked on the television. As I was channel surfing, looking for something that I could settle in to, I happened across a cartoon that caught my attention. The program featured a family, and in this episode the focus was on the dialogue between the father and his son. “Bobby,” the father began. “I want you to go to youth group.” “Dad, I don’t want to go to youth group,” was Bobby’s reply. “That’s boring.”

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Jeb Egbert
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Disciplemaking Ministry: Communication of the Word

In writing that “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16a), Paul reminds us that God inspired the Bible. He also notes that the Spirit uses Scripture to make us “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (3:15b). The focus of the Bible is the gospel—the good news of God’s gift of salvation in Jesus. This salvation is a gift (we can’t earn it), and we receive and continue to experience this gift as we place our trust (faith) in Christ Jesus.

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Ted Johnston
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Disciplemaking Ministry: Prayerful Dependence

Inspiring event

I crept closer to the circle of about 20 adolescent boys to listen in on their conversation. They were standing in a circle, hands clasped. They were praying. As I listened to these 14-, 15- and 16-year-old boys pouring their hearts out to Jesus, tears filled my eyes. The notion that they would be praying at all was something to celebrate. That they would do so with others like themselves was even better. But to listen to the intense, focused prayers that they offered was truly inspiring.

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Jeb Egbert
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Disciplemaking Ministry: The Adoration of Christ

One of my favorite Christmas hymns, “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” invites people to “come and behold him,” Jesus—the One who is “born the King of angels.” The hymn then invites our response: “O come, let us adore Him—Christ, the Lord!”

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Ted Johnston
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Disciplemaking Ministry: Creating an Atmosphere of Love

“Love expressed and experienced among members of the body is absolutely essential if that body is to be healthy and alive. Thus the development of love within the group must be the primary concern of spiritual leaders” (Larry Richards, A Theology of Church Leadership).

Love is an amazing language. It has a remarkable way of breaking through a hardened, indifferent exterior. It is the language of God. God gave his one and only Son so the world might be saved. In this matchless gift, God showed a love that is far above human love—the love of the Creator for his creation.

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Jeb Egbert
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Disciplemaking Ministry: Introduction

In this series we have been presenting basic principles and strategies concerning the development of youth ministry in our congregations. We’ve noted that this essential ministry involves obedience to the great commandment to love, expressed through obedience to the great commission to make disciples. This ministry flows out of our encounter with Jesus where we embrace his love and share in his ministry patterns to make disciples who make disciples.

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Ted Johnston
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Building Young Believers Through Serving

In this series of articles we’ve been addressing strategies for advancing healthy youth ministry in and through congregations in the United States. This ministry is far more than programs—it involves personal relationships, where young people come to know and embrace a living person—Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

We have written about nurturing young believers using the model of CANS. This acronym stands for:

Community: where young believers are embraced by and included in a body of believers who are committed to Jesus’ mission.

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Jeb Egbert
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Building Young Believers Through Nurture

Those who minister to youths (parents, pastors, youth ministry workers and youth ministry leaders) have the rewarding challenge of assisting young disciples of Jesus as they grow in their relationship with God. We refer to this essential aspect of youth ministry as nurturing believers.

In this series, we have been exploring the use of CANS—four tools that are essential for nurturing believers. Those tools are community, adoration, nurture and serving. A helpful way to understand CANS is to view each tool from the perspective of the flow of ministry:

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Ted Johnston
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