1. Make discipleship a priority.- This goes beyond just being focused on it and asking yourself the questions I mentioned. This is about also making sure that students have plenty of opportunities to be discipled through small group opportunities and doing life together. This is about making sure that you have enough leaders and students ready to disciple others so that every time someone comes to Christ they can be partnered up to do life with someone. This is about making sure that as a leader or a student pastor you are constantly communicating the importance of discipleship and what that looks like so that your students know what they should be doing and where they should be going. We cannot just be passively letting students walk in and out of doors. We must be intentionally working towards helping each student find their next step in the discipleship process.
2. Be relational.- I firmly believe that discipleship is about doing life together. So you need to make sure that your youth ministry is about students building relationships with each other and with a leader. This way they can do life together and discipleship can happen naturally. Because this is the example that Jesus set for us and we must follow it. So in everything you do look for ways to make sure that this provides an opportunity for students to create and deepen the connections they have with those around them.
3. Put the Gospel in everything. - I came to Christ at camp. A friend of mine came to Christ on a ski trip. We have had students get come to a life changing relationship in Christ on mission trips. You just never know when those moments might happen and can never assume that "No one could get saved at this event," or that "Everyone here already knows Christ." I am not saying that you have to share the Gospel from a stage all the time but just make sure that you make the Gospel a part of all you do, even if you are just throwing wet dog food at each other(yeah we did that one time). This not only gives students every opportunity to come to Christ and be discipled but also models for your students the importance of sharing the Gospel and how to go about doing that in their lives.
Again at the end of the day are goal is to build disciples and that should be the priority in all we do. So I ask you now. What are you doing to build disciples in your ministry?