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31/05/2010 / John Hanna

DBC Youth Suggestions

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At the end of my Professional Placement at DBC I was asked to report on youth work at DBC. The preface of the report details my vision and philosophy for ministry of teens, which I’ve posted below:

The DBC website tagline is ‘sharing Christ with the community’ and one of the best ways to do this is to equip the body of Christ to spread to the next generations a passion for the supremacy of God in all things, for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.

Purpose and Vision

Youth work is designed to help teens understand the Bible in a deeper way—that is, to encounter the timeless truth of God’s Word as a powerful, compelling, life-changing reality.

The purpose and vision of this report, then, is first and foremost to honour the Lord:

  1. in terms of the excellence, beauty, and accuracy of its content and design, and
  2. in terms of helping people come to a deeper understanding of the Bible, of the gospel, and of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

Before beginning the report, I believe it would be helpful to first explain my vision and philosophy for ministry of teens and then explain the current set-up of youth work at DBC.

Vision for Ministry

The efforts of Christian parents, church workers, and anyone serious about nurturing teen’s faith, are more effective when they are motivated by a biblical, God-centred vision for the next generation.

Studying the Bible, verse by verse, with a group of teens is a real challenge, but it should be the mission of all youth work.

Objectives

Youth work’s aim is to help young believers to grow in their faith. Every programme should seek to accomplish three objectives focused on knowledge, emotions and actions. The task of all youth work leaders is as a teacher, not only to pass on doctrinal knowledge. Depending on the work of the Spirit, they should try to challenge the young people and encourage them to put the Word of God into practice. Youth work can also be used with teens that have not yet trusted the Lord. It will give them opportunities to share the Gospel with them. Their specific needs should be taken into account in the complementary objective.

Questions

Questions and discussions help to guide teens in their study of the text. Leaders should use three kinds of questions: observation, comprehension and application questions. This way the young people will start by examining what the passage says, then they will think over what it means and finally they will put it into practice. They will learn little by little what the steps are to interpret a Bible passage. It will help them when they have their own quiet time.

In conclusion, youth work should teach teens about the Bible, as well as helping them to read the text.

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