Youth ministry happens when youth live their Christian faith by: Belonging Youth realize the significance of their baptism into Christ and join with the other Christians and peer groups for fellowship, fun, mutual support, and growth, including people of all cultural communities, and physical and mental abilities.
Celebrating Youth worship and respond to God through the word and sacraments and gather together in thanks and praise.
Nurturing Youth grow in understanding themselves, their personal relationships, and their Christian faith in the context of the total Christian community including persons of all ages and abilities.
Witnessing With the help and by the power of the Holy Spirit, youth tell the good news of Jesus Christ in words and actions, affirming and sharing their faith with others.
Serving Youth minister to the physical, spiritual, and social needs of others by visiting the sick and imprisoned, befriending those who are alone, and attending to the needs of all their neighbors.
Developing Leadership Youth study the scriptures and our Christian heritage, developing God-given talents and skills and becoming committed to leadership and ministry in the church and community.
Being Good Stewards Youth live faithfully as caretakers of God’s world, respecting the earth, managing self and possessions, and giving time and personal resources to God’s work in the world.
Doing Justice Youth respond to the call of Christ to work for fairness and a just way of life for all people, especially the poor, oppressed, and forgotten. [This information has been adapted from the original produced by the ELCA transition team for Youth Ministry Division for Congregational Ministries, ELCA].
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