5 Tipping Points in Youth Ministry

There are 5 Tipping Points in Youth Ministry. Let's take a look at the concepts that change the momentum of Youth Ministry with a little organizational emphasis.

First, A Campus Presence

Too many youth pastors and leaders are standing on the doorsteps of the church asking for students to come to the youth room. While at the same time, students at the school are standing on the doorsteps asking for the youth pastor to come to the campus. And the two never see each other.

Here are two ways to reach the campus quicker. The first way to reach the campus is to train campus missionaries. There is no such thing as a closed campus. Because our students are there everyday. The second way to reach the campus is by attending or working with the extra-curricular events. It could be attendance at the football game on Friday night (where the city comes to meet you), or, by helping coach or volunteer with a sports team, the choir, or even tutoring.

Second, Create an Atmosphere of Acceptance

Unconditional Love is the ultimate viral movement. Partly because it is missing in a society that is performance based. With the family in the situation it is in, when a Youth Ministry exhibits Godly love, there is a magnetic culture-builder set. In a father-less (and brother-less) generation, a Youth Ministry that models an atmosphere of acceptance will quickly become a force to deal with in a region.

Third, Leadership Development

It takes all kinds of people to reach all kinds of people. Every type to reach type. Superman ministry doesn't work because Superman has a weakness. However, when you incorporate SuperFriends, there is no weakness. A plurality of leadership under a singular vision will reach more people than you can imagine. There may not be a better way to naturally reach more people than to train more people.

Use your personal content for training your leaders, or, present articles, books, and podcasts of leaders who can train your people in youth leader meetings.

Fourth, Contextual Outreach

What is your setting? Urban, Metro, Suburban, or Rural? Are there more J-highers or S-highers? What works for one church may not work in the next. Finding the events, programming, or activities in your setting is vital to drawing interest from students. Play off seasonal marketing. A Back to School event, Homecoming ideas, a Halloween weekend, New Year's event, Valentine's emphasis, Prom alternatives, Graduation celebration, and Summer mystery events.

Fifth, Intentional Prayer

This would not be pre-service prayer. That is not sacrificial. Youth Ministry can choose to be 'this' or 'that'. 'That' is normal. 'This' is super-natural. Jesus said if we want a certain kind of ministry, prayer would do it. He said, "This kind only comes out through prayer and fasting."

Two ideas:

-Assign prayer partners in the Youth Ministry. Pair the students up and watch them grow.
-Schedule a Youth Prayer meeting weekly, monthly, etc.

Organized and intentional prayer will do more for a Youth Ministry than anything else. By far. Walking up the 'teeter-totter' of Youth Ministry can be scary. But, the closer we get to the fulcrum or the center-point, the easier the momentum becomes. Sooner than later, you are running downhill.