The start of 2011 was a new experience for me. The last 3 months were my observation/ induction period as an MT, but now I’m getting more involved with the life of the church. The MMTC course that I’m on is getting more interesting, as well as challenging. The best meeting so far was when Tim Hawkins came over from Australia to get us some tips on how to do practical youth work! It was great, the atmosphere was electric, not because he had an iPad, and new Mac air, (must be a very well paid youth worker) but his enthusiasm in the work that he did. He loved it!!
As part of my training I have to take on a ministry and lead it for 6-8 months, and I wanted to take on the older youth group. I was thinking and praying about what to do with the youth group, and at the MMTC meeting with Tim, he said one phrase that gave me the answer to what I needed to do with the youth group.
” The best evangelists to young people are the young people themselves”
That’s it!!!!! There are a number of keen young people in the youth group who wanted to know Jesus better, so I have split the youth group up.
There is a Bible study and a youth meeting that are separate, but the idea is; the people who go to the bible study, will talk to the people who go to the youth group, and be evangelists to their own peers. At the same time, we are training them up to be young leaders for the smaller group, and a new initiative called Messy Church that starts this month.
When was the last time you spoke about Jesus to one of your peers? Its great!! The power of speech, works better for less engaged youth, than sitting round a table with a bible open. Hopefully, there will be a band of young people ready to do work? The best people to talk to about Jesus are your peers, If you tried it let me know how you get on. If you haven’t them give it a go, how hard is it??