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Training spiritual adolescents for ministry

  2. 2. Introduction
  3. 3. Parenting isn’t easy- especially teenagers!
  4. 4. Growth from childhood to spiritual young adulthood happens in the context of ministry and SERVICE.
  5. 5. All Christians are called to ministry!
  7. 7. I. Equip spiritual young adults for ministry and service
  8. 8. A. An important element of training is teaching them to be HUMBLE!
  9. 9. B. We need to equip them for ministry TOGETHER. They need to cooperate, and be kind.
  10. 10. C. We need to prepare them for success and FAILURE.
  11. 11. We will not always minister and be successful! We will have disappointments and discouragement as well as glorious times of victory, conversions and spiritual growth.
  12. 12. II. PROVIDE Ministry Opportunities
  13. 13. A. Show them EXAMPLES of ministry, then Help them EXPERIENCE ministry.
  14. 14. B. Ministry is for ALL OF US! We all have talents and abilities that God can use.
  15. 15. C. The pattern of teaching happens this way:
  16. 16. 1.Take them along with you when you go out on ministry and they WATCH what you do and say.
  17. 17. 2. Take them along with you, and let them PARTICIPATE in aspects of service
  18. 18. 3. Take them out for ministry and let them do IT ALL, with you supervising and watching.
  19. 19. 4.Let them go out doing ministry on their OWN.
  20. 20. 5. When they are ready, they can begin to DISCIPLE someone else.
  21. 21. III. RELEASE Spiritual Adult Disciples to DO Ministry (2 Timothy 2:2)
  22. 22. A. Example: Acts 6 and the 7 DEACONS appointed to help distribute food for widows.
  23. 23. B. Maturity is not a matter of Bible knowledge, the number of years since you were born again, whether you are a church official,
  24. 24. but more about CARING for others and MINISTERING to their needs.
  25. 25. C. Maturity is indicated by the ability to REPRODUCE disciples who can disciple others.
  26. 26. 1. Explain the discipleship process clearly.
  27. 27. 2. Encourage your disciple to identify potential disciples who are faithful, available, and teachable.
  28. 28. a.Faithful= serious and COMMITTED to the things of God; not sporadic, impulsive or unwilling.
  29. 29. b. Available= allocating time and PRIORITIES to growing his walk with God and in his relationships.
  30. 30. c. Teachable= willing to LEARN and open to seeing new truth through honest questions.
  31. 31. 3. Release them to disciple ALONE and “parent their own kids.” At this point they become our peers!