Welcome back to another episode of the Think Orange Podcast. On today’s episode, we’re talking about how to mobilize our students to serve. First, we’ll hear from Greg Bradford who is talking about why it’s our responsibility, as leaders, to help students cultivate a heart for service. Then, we’ll be joined by Dr. Duffy Robbins as he explains practical ways for students to share God with their friends.
Welcome to Episode 12 of the Think Orange Podcast.
A new, free ebook from Reggie Joiner (3:30)
Pastor Greg Bradford (4:55)
If we really want to make a difference in the lives of kids, we really need to make missions and service a big deal (10:55)
In order for us to truly disciple to students, we have to teach them how to serve (13:00)
We underestimate our students and their heart for service (18:00)
In order to make serving a big deal, we had to get our events out of the way (21:30)
Dr. Duffy Robbins (25:00)
How can students communicate the Gospel to their friends without scaring them away? (32:00)
What are some common mistakes we make when teaching students to love their neighbors? (34:18)
The line between being loving and honest and being pushy and judgmental (36:40)
Duffy raps through the books of the Bible. Yes, you read that correctly. (39:00)
How do you answer the call to be evangelical in this culture? (41:20)
Students would rather text than talk, which is creating unique problems for evangelism (47:00)
Duffy’s resources and advice (49:15)
What can leaders do to help students? (52:25)
How you can make the most of the Think Orange Podcast (59:55)
People, Places & Helpful Resources
Free e-book from Reggie Joiner: Sometimes It Takes A Party
Blog: Orange Leaders – a blog with strategies, tips and ideas from leaders influencing the faith and character of the next generation
Greg is the High School Pastor at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, and has served in that capacity for over 18 years. In addition, he coaches and supports the student ministries at Lake Pointe’s nine community campuses. Greg has a passion for seeing students engage and lead in missions and ministry in their church, community, and around the world. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and their three kids, Jake, Jud, and Abi.
DR. DUFFY ROBBINS
Dr. Duffy Robbins is an Associate Staff Member of Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU). He is the Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University and is a thirty-five year veteran of youth ministry. Duffy has his D.Min. in Youth and Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers (which he co-wrote with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts and Enjoy the Silence (which he co-wrote with a wonderful girl named Maggie Robbins that he married many years ago).
Quotes from This Episode
It’s our job to make serving a big deal to students. Click To TweetStudents are far more capable than our ministries give them credit for Click To TweetGood news, delivered poorly, can sound like bad news. Click To TweetCommunication is a learned skill. Students can’t learn it if nobody teaches it. Click To Tweet
Ideas to Influence the Next Generation
1. Kids are more capable than we give them credit for.
The students in your ministry have a heart for service and a heart for others, even if they don’t know how to express it. They’re more capable to love and serve than we think they are. What they need is for us to tell them that it matters, show them how to do it, and then get out of the way.
Greg shared a story about how a teenage boy in his ministry asked to meet with him. Assuming he wanted to talk about girls, Greg showed up to the meeting with books and bible verses on relationships. But what the student really wanted to do was get Greg’s help with starting a non-profit to help the homeless. The church didn’t mandate this project, they taught the kids to serve and then watched all the incredible things they did.
If we really want to make a difference in the lives of kids then it’s our responsibility, as leaders and parents, to make missions and service a big deal.
2. Kids need practical instruction
A key component to mobilizing students to serve is training them how to do it well. We say things like “share your faith with your friends” or “be a witness” and then expect them to know what to do. It sounds good, but if we want to move it into action there needs to be practical instruction.
Start by identifying the skills you need to share the Gospel. Then, try to think of practical ways to teach those skills. Think of it like training someone to be a football player. You would first identify the skills needed: running fast, learning plays, catching a ball. And then, you would find practical ways to train someone up in those areas.
3. We have to model loving our neighbors
As leaders and parents, our kids will best learn how to serve when they see it modeled in us. We need to demonstrate good listening, having genuine conversations with our neighbors, engaging in conversation, and asking good questions.
Conversation Starters For Your Church
It’s our responsibility to teach students why missions and service is so important. What three big things do we do to get that message across?
How does our church model service? Do we follow our words with action?
As a church, what top skills do we think are important to teach and sharpen in our kids to help them boldly love their neighbors? How can we help train students in these skills across all age groups?
When he’s not working as a pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Dave is usually making his family cross their arms, roll their eyes, and tap their feet while he takes “just one more quick photo” on family outings. You’ll also often find him up to his neck in “Jewish stuff” as he researches the cultural context of Jesus for his daily Instagram devotions. Learn more about Dave at daveadamson.tv.
Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
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