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4 Words That Should Describe Your Youth Ministry

Well, another year has come and gone, and now is the time to refocus ourselves on our mission. God has been challenging me over the last eight months to define our student ministry a different way. Usually, when we discuss a church or ministry, we define the ministry with terms such as contemporary, traditional, conservative, liberal, dead, old, happy or progressive. I understand that pretty much all churches stylistically fall under these categories, but when people describe our ministry this year, I do not want them to describe it necessarily with these terms. I have felt led to transition our student ministry to be described with these four terms.

  1. Gospel-Centered—Now, I understand that this first one is technically two words, but it is so important. I desire this year to be Gospel-Centered in all that we do as a student ministry. I want the Gospel to be at the core of why we do what we do. Not only does the Gospel have the power to save us, it has the power to sanctify us as well. 
  2. Intentional—I want to be intentional with the Gospel. I want to be intentional about relationships. I want to be intentional with my parents, leaders and students. This word can just be a trend, but I want it to be real in our student ministry. Simply put, I want to do ministry on purpose! 
  3. Missional—I want every event and activity that we do to have purpose behind it. I am so far past doing events because we have always done them. No, I want events with purpose. If we do an event simply because we have always done it, and it has no purpose, you are not missional; call yourself traditional. I am fine with traditions as long as they have meaning and purpose behind them.
  4. Open—If you get the other three down, this one will follow. I want our student ministry open to the outcast of the community. I feel that if Jesus were in a church here, it would be the most culturally diverse church on the planet, because He is not a respecter of persons. I want our ministry to accept every race there is. I would like our church and student ministry to accept the poor, the middle class, as well as the rich. I want it to be open for the kids who are just plain weird. Jesus loves all equally, and I feel more than ever that we should as well.  
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Josh Evans is the family pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. He has served in this position since June of 2014. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students since 2006. Josh is passionate about seeing life change in families and teaching them the truths of the Word of God. Josh is a blogger, speaker, family pastor, and die-hard Duke Blue Devils fan! Josh and his wife Abby were married in February of 2008, and those years have been the happiest years of his life. Josh and Abby have two kids. Lynlee and Cameron. Josh and his family live in the Jacksonville, FL area. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.