Spiritually Healthy Youth Ministry
Recognizing there are many ways church leaders and denominations might define spiritual health, the following is meant to act as a launching pad to assist in creating your unique definitions.
This resource is brought to you by the Canadian Youth Network.
What is Spiritually Healthy Youth Ministry?
The following eight categories are metrics to measure your youth ministry’s health.
Modelled After Jesus' Ministry
Jesus' Ministry Values Were The Great Commandment & Commission
Healthy Ministry Vision
Healthy Ministry Mission
What ARE your ministry obJectiveS?
What are your youth ministry goals?
Levels of spiritual maturity:
What is a Spiritually Healthy teenager?
The following is a helpful guide to assess the spiritual health of a teenager:
1) Who is the role model of a christian?
A spiritually healthy teenager reflects a life that is modeled after Jesus life.
2) how was jesus’ life modeled?
Jesus was dedicated to the Great Commandment & Great Commission.In the same way, spiritually healthy teens seek to obey the great commandment and fulfull the great commission.
3) what was Jesus’ mission?
Jesus’ mission was two-fold: to give glory to God and to provide eternal life by doing God’s will.
3A) Glorifying God
Jesus gave glory to God by doing the Will of God (John 7:17-18). After many of Jesus miracles, the people glorified God. In serving people, He was giving glory to God. He was revealing the power and reality of God so that people would believe in Him and have eternal life.
3B) PROVIDING ETERNAL LIFE
Jesus came to do God’s will which was to provide eternal life (John 6:38-40). Eternal life starts at the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; Titus 3:4-7) upon acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Saviour (John 3:16; Romans 10:9).
How did Jesus accomplish HIs mission?
Jesus showed his love to God by making the following areas of character and conduct a priority. The following is a non-exhaustive list of key actions that Jesus repeatedly did in His ministry. Accompanied with each action is a Bible passage that emphasizes its importance. Use these actions as examples of ways you can help your leaders to grow:
- Demonstrating Dependance & Submission to the Holy Spirit (John 14:26)
- Pursuing Holiness and Obedience (John 14:15; 1 Peter 1:15,16)
- Living a Life of Prayer (Matthew 26:41; Matthew 6:5-15; Ephesians 6:18)
- Studying the Word (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Praising and Worshipping God (Hebrews 12:28; Psalm 150:1-6)
- Serving the Needs of Yourself, Family, and Others (Philippians 2:1-11)
- Proclaiming the Gospel (Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10; Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8)
- Making Disciples (Matthew 28:19)
- Committing to Fellowship at a Local Church (Ephesians 4:1-16; Colossians 2:19; Hebrews 10:24-25)
Critical Leadership Questions
The following is three healthy questions to ask yourself as you develop leaders:
What is the difference between you being the greatest inhibitor or the greatest accelerator of your ministry?
How do you develop leaders you release to make new leaders?
What ways can you improve your methods as you release new leaders?
Spiritually Healthy Team Development
6 Suggested Principles for Ministry/Leadership Training
The mission of Jesus included bringing salvation to humanity—and a careful review of the Gospels reveals the strategy he employed to accomplish that task. Jesus not only proclaimed the Good News, he invested significant energy preparing others to assist in that task as well. The Gospels reveal more than the history of his life, they reveal a strategy for building kingdom focused teams. A careful look at the interactions between Jesus and His disciples reveals the intentionality Jesus used to promote transformation in the lives of his followers. His hope is they would be so significantly impacted, that they would become leaders who were both trustworthy and capable enough to carry the message of the gospel forward and to build the church. Team-building was a priority to Christ. It enabled him to accelerate the spread of his message; the same strategy remains a priority for every leader. Build a great team and you will multiply your impact (Exodus 18:13-37). If your hope is to produce spiritually healthy teens in significant numbers, then begin with building a spiritually healthy team.
1) Character & Conduct
Christ wanted his followers to model a lifestyle that reflected Kingdom values. He modeled depth of character and then demanded it. The character of Christ is a product of the substance of His life, and the same is true of every leader. Spiritually healthy teams have their foundation in a pursuit of God, in His presence and in truth, which naturally enables transformation. Jesus demanded depth in the lives of his team members. He confronted the lives of those who served Him when a lack of substance manifested in behaviour that failed to represent the ethics of His Kingdom. Building a spiritually healthy team begins by leading them in two significant directions: spiritual depth, and the resulting conduct you require as a result of depth. In terms of depth—lead them in the pursuit of God, modeling said pursuit and declaring its value. In terms of conduct, we recommend that you supply every leader with a physical application including a code of character and conduct. If you supply written expectations, you alleviate mystery for your team members which allows them to gain a clear expectation of what you are asking of them.