As youth ministry leaders, we spend a ton of our time and energy creating environments, refining messages, and organizing events—all with the goal of helping students discover who Jesus is. But once a student decides to follow Jesus . . . then what? In this episode, we talk about what it looks like to lead students AFTER they’ve placed their faith in Jesus. In our conversation, we discuss the role of SGLs, how to talk to parents, and what’s at stake if we let students fall through the cracks.
- Podcast guests talk about what next steps for students accepting God looked like in their church (3:08)
- Practical ways to set parents and small group leaders up for success while working with students after a spiritual retreat (6:38)
- The power of relationships with students who are new to faith (14:53)
- Why it’s important to encourage your students to continue to live their lives (18:02)
- How church participation grows students’ faith (20:47)
- What youth ministry leaders should do to prepare small group leaders for when a student starts following Jesus (25:26)
- How to coach small group leaders to help students ease back into normal life after a transformative faith experience (29:39)
- How to talk to parents who don’t have a church background (32:04)
- What’s on the line if youth ministry leaders don’t follow up with students after accepting Jesus (36:10)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
Youth ministry = helping students figure out what following Jesus looks like in everyday life —Tyreke Wesley Click To Tweet“It's okay not to have all the answers to faith.” People who need to hear youth leaders say this: Students, Small Group Leaders, & Parents Click To TweetOnce a student has made the decision to follow Jesus, it's important to establish early on with them that it’s okay to ask questions. —George Lin Click To TweetWhen we build relationships with students, we're making whatever happens next in their lives a little less intimidating—because now they know they’re not alone. —George Lin Click To Tweet
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Sarah is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003. In 2007, she joined the XP3 high school team where she now works as a lead writer and content creator. She also a contributing writer to the Parent Cue blog. Sarah lives in Roswell, Georgia, and is a big fan of her husband, her two boys, Asher and Pace, and, in her weaker moments, McDonald’s french fries.
Tyreke Wesley is an engaging communicator with a purpose to help people take the next step forward. In 2011, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse college, followed by a Masters in Divinity from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2014. Tyreke is serving as a Teacher in South West Atlanta and a Youth Minister at The Breakthrough Fellowship in Smyrna, GA. He has worked with inner-city youth for over ten years. Tyreke is devoted to his beautiful wife, Shakeira Wesley, and his two amazing and talented children, Tyson and Jordyn.
Charlie is an XP3 Orange Specialist at Orange after spending the past 20 years working with students in educational and ministry settings. Most recently, Charlie spent 12 years as the middle school youth pastor in a thriving Methodist church in the Metro Atlanta area. Charlie grew up in rural Illinois but has been living in metro Atlanta, GA for the past 14 years. She lives with her husband Eric, her sometimes snarky but lovable daughter, and their three pups.
After seven years spent leading student ministry at a multi-site church, George now hangs with the Orange Students team developing curriculum resources for ministry leaders. He has a passion for growing the next generation through changing the lives of leaders and their teams. When he’s not working with Orange or consulting with organizations across the country, George loves to cook, spend time with his wife Kiana, their daughter AJ, and hike with their two German Shepherds.
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