I’m so fired up about Biltmore Church’s Disciple Now this weekend. 700 students will experience a weekend of worship, discipleship, relationship, and fun! I’m grateful for Student Pastor Adam Hatton and the other student pastors for their leadership, work ethic, and love for students. Student ministry should be a priority at any church for numerous reasons, including:
- 85% of people in the U.S.A. who come to know Christ do so before age 20.
- 70% of those coming to faith did so primarily through the influence of their friends at that age.
- They are the future of the church (and the country)!
Knowing how important student ministry is, I try to show that priority a few different ways.
- Make sure it is resourced properly. This doesn’t mean that you have to have all the coolest tricks and toys (most of that went out in the old paradigm anyway). It does mean that you hire the best student pastors possible, give sufficient space for ministry, and finances to disciple well.
- Support with your words and presence. Gone are the days when I’d play in the 3×3 basketball tournaments at student camp. But, if you’re a church leader, your presence at key events screams ‘this is important’.
- Ensure that the biblical vision of the student ministry is the same (or closely linked to) the biblical vision of the church. This helps to prevent the student ministry from becoming a “silo” as well as providing clarity about the way your church makes disciples.
Prayers appreciated for this upcoming weekend.