Jesus, The Center
The General Conference youth ministries department, in consultation with the youth directors of the thirteen divisions of the world field, has re-Visioned youth ministry and has repositioned Jesus at the center of its existence and mission.
As our motto declares, the love of Christ compels us. Jesus, the Creator of the universe, in whom the fullness of divinity dwells, came down to become like one of us, to restore us to His likeness. He made peace with us through His blood on the cross (Colossians 1: 15-20 NIV).
Discipleship – REACH UP – Spiritual Renewal
Discipleship has a clear and straightforward meaning.
While followers of Jesus cannot literally be with Him in the same way as His first disciples could, the priorities and intentions, the heart and inner attitudes of disciples are forever the same.
That desire to be like Jesus is naturally followed by a decision to devote oneself to become like Him. The disciple is one who, motivated by their desire to be like the Master, gradually rearranges and reorganizes their life to pursue that very purpose.
Church Community – REACH ACROSS – Relational, Incarnational & Intergenerational
We should enter into the feelings of the youth, sympathizing with them in their joys and sorrows, their conflicts and victories.
Jesus did not remain in heaven, away from the sorrowing and sinful; He came down to this world, that He might become acquainted with the weakness, the suffering, and the temptations of the fallen race. He, reached us where we were, that He might lift us up.
Mission/Service – REACH OUT
Young people will be equipped on three levels:
Personal – My story, His story, Our story.
Small Groups (church planting, communities of faith, etc.)
Public evangelism in the form of reaping campaigns.
Christ’s method will be at the core of youth ministries’ Mission, Service, and pursuit of Justice.
“Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching people. The Saviour mingled with (people) as one who desired their good.