Focus on the Third

F-Luce Sidebar2In John 21, Jesus referred to youth “engagement” as “feeding the lambs.” Notice that, of the three different references to taking care of His flock, Jesus told Peter to feed and take care of the sheep two times, but He specifically called out the lambs. It’s as if He was telling Peter, “Don’t forget the young ones!” One-third of his exhortation was aimed at the lambs!

What would happen if one-third of all pastors in America focused on the young ones? Think of the potential transformation of a generation and generations to come. Honestly ask yourself these questions:

How am I/our church reaching the youth?

How are we taking care of the babies in Christ?

Is our youth ministry developing leaders?

Am I mentoring our youth leader and developing him/her into a great leader for the next generation?

Does he have all the tools and resources he needs?

What is the plan for the next 12 months in the youth ministry? Is there a plan? How could I help them build a plan?

How is each effort in youth ministry helping to accomplish the plan? (See our planning paradigm for local youth ministry, Feed My Lambs.)

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