At Diane Avenue Church of Christ our Youth ministry must do more than merely make converts, but must also grow disciples of Jesus Christ.
Making disciples means helping youth understand that the Christian life involves more than just going to heaven when they die. Rather, it is about living a kingdom-focused life on earth and being the church in a lost world.
The Youth ministry itself is designed around making disciples. The first step in discipleship is becoming a convert, but that's not the end step. That's not the goal we at Diane Avenue Church of Christ are aiming at. We're aiming at making disciples, with the first step being to deal with the problems in their life and ask for forgiveness as Christ commands so that you can follow Him.
1 Corinthians 3:10-13 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.
Our foundation once laid, then we start to build on that foundation, We then can choose what we are building. Making sure we are not producing stubble and straw and hay because the fire's going to come in these kid's lives. It's going to come when they leave the walls of the church. It's going to come when they go to college. It is our hope that we have prepared them to be the church in the world.
At Diane Avenue Church of Christ the goal in producing disciples is holiness. We're to be a holy people. That word's never emphasized enough. We want to be relevant. We want to be creative. We want to be fun. We want to be all those things, but we are called to holiness. Ultimately, leading the young people, teenagers toward holiness will develop into a better person.
It is an investment we are committed to through our Youth Ministry and the Teachers who devote their time that will produce a glorious result one day. Book studies—of the entire Bible book—are essential. They help students gain context and continuity. Our young people and teens enjoy bringing their non-Christian friends because it's a great fellowship and a wonderful bridge for their friends to the church.
Philippians 2:14-16 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[a] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Diane Avenue Church of Christ
Bro. Jerry "Cowboy" Clark
Academy of Science Youth-Sharks