This month our student ministry has been going through a 3-week series entitled “How To Raise Your Parents”. As I was browsing online at www.youversion.com I ran across a GREAT resource for students called the “Youth Bible Reading Plans”. Basically YOUVERSION has created a series of Bible reading plans specifically for youth.
This week on our youth ministrie’s website I posted a link to a Bible reading plan called “PARENTS” and I encouraged our students to download the reading plan on the phones and use it to dig a little bit deeper into what the Bible has to say about this subject. This could potentially be a HUGE resource for us to use in our student ministry. It’s a simple/easy/free way for our students to have a plan to read through the Bible focused around whatever series we are studying through. Check it out and let me know what you think! :D
Without a doubt, last night was one of my favorite youth ministry moments of the year. Jr. high students poured in to our youth rooms not to play games, not to see funny videos, but to figure out how to grow closer to Jesus on their own in their individual lives. So what did they attend? WILDSIDE’s brand new program for student discipleship called “ilIFE”.
So what is iLIFE? Simply put it’s a program designed to encourage/empower/equip jr. high students to take the “next steps” in the relationship with Jesus by learning practical hands-on ways to grow on their own. Really it’s all about one word: DISCIPLESHIP! On of the goals of our student ministry is to give students the tools they need to grown on their own so that when they graduate from high school they won’t graduate from their faith. iLIFE’s official description is: A FRONT DOOR PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENT EXPRESS THE 5 BIBLICAL PURPOSES IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL LIVES AND HELP THEM TAKE NEXT STEPS IN THEIR WALK WITH CHRIST.
Here are some of the topics that we will be covering this year in the iLIFE program:
-Foundations of our faith/the church
-Bible study methods
-Evangelism/Sharing your faith
Last night our students learned about prayer/worship/bible study. At the end of the night we moved into a time of worship and it was amazing to watch the students in the room really begin to worship God (and know what they were doing) now that they had a deeper understanding about what worship was and who they were singing to.
What kind of programs does your youth ministry have for moving jr. high student into disciples? Share your ideas/examples so we can all learn from each other!