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We need to develop youth ministry by, for and with youth

TWR has been engaged in the ministry of spreading the message of Christ for over three decades. Nevertheless, the percentage of believers in this diverse land remains paltry which makes the task ahead of us herculean. What can we do to improve our methods of disseminating God’s Word? How can we reach all sections of the society, youth in particular?

More than 50% of our country’s burgeoning population is below the age of 25, they comprise a vital category that we cannot afford to put on the back-burner. Youth being an essential member of the body of Christ, need to participate; or else the body will suffer. Given that it is easier for youth to find other endeavors to pursue apart from the Church; and with Christian parents seeming more than willing to help, the matter needs urgent address. And for Youth Ministry to be effective, youth should actively participate in it.

Significantly, the world has changed so much and there is no going back. We need to think ahead and change with the times and stay in step with the youth of today to understand and relate to them so that we can cater to their needs. Today, young adults are not satisfied with what they have; they are bored with monotony; they seek new ideas, creative options and challenges every day. They think and act differently and to stay on par with them, we need to think of ‘out of the box’ ideas; fresh and novel ways of working; as well as renew our enthusiasm and commitment to the ministry. We need to think of ways by which we not only attract youth but also provide compelling answers to their many questions to influence and involve them more effectively.

For youth to play a key role in ministry, the church should lay increased focus on youth groups which while providing a spiritual environment for growth should serve as a training ground for service in ministry. It should be a place where they make godly friendships. Many a time, the Church is reluctant to encourage and involve the youth as they feel that such a group cannot be adequately handled by them. The Church is unable to provide them with answers to their never ending questions and doubts and this in-turn gives them a reason to go after philosophies and religions and end up in Godless conclusions.

For us at TWR-I, whether it is by using new forms of media or changing the format of presenting God’s Word and revealing how it is relevant to the present, it may require of us to make drastic changes to reach out to the youth of today and keep up with them in this fast paced, ever changing world.

As we renew our commitment to make disciples of all people, we seek God’s guidance and wisdom from above.

George Philip