Youth Group

Youth ministry is primarily relational. Youth ministry relations are primarily between the youth leader and individuals. But youthful individuals primarily prefer interactions in group settings. Consequently, the most effective support system in youth ministry, the social dynamic most helpful to youth leaders, is an active, growing youth group.

A hundred years ago, youth “societies” were a novel idea, just being introduced in nondenominational circles. Gradually the idea caught on as individual churches and denominations formed their own “youth fellowships,” usually centering on an evening “young people’s meeting,” which dealt with different concerns than the biblical subjects being presented in the church’s religious education curriculum.

Today, the concerns of those evening meetings have become the core dynamics of youth ministry itself.

Seven Core Youth Group Dynamics
  1. Forming Identity
  2. Building Relationships
  3. Enjoying Social and Recreational Expressions
  4. Developing a Maturing Faith in the Contemporary World
  5. Worship Together
  6. Serving Others
  7. Finding a Spiritual Home
The local church youth leader assumes the primary responsibility for establishing, building and nurturing the youth group. Necessary skills include communicating, marketing, and programming.

What Kids Are Looking For In a Youth Group
  1. Acceptance
  2. Friendship
  3. Involvement
  4. Challenge
  5. Support
Also See: Attachment; Attendance; Building Your Youth Group; Climate Issues: Community; Effectiveness Factors; Listening Skills; Newsletters.

“From: ABZ’s of Adventist Youth Ministry”
© 2000 John Hancock Center for Youth&Family Ministry
Permission to copy for use in the local congregation or group.

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