Walk Into Their World

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Brian Summerall explains the importance of stepping into our students' world to reach them with the gospel.  Brian has been on staff at Young Life for over 25 years and is the Director of Ministry Strategy. He travels the country training staff and volunteers to reach more students in existing ministries.

First, take a look at this funny video that shows the mishaps that could happen if lifeguards didn't take their duties seriously. 

People are drowning and need to hear the hope of life in Jesus Christ - we have to get into the pool in order to reach them. Listen to Brian explain how.  

Brian referred to Luke 19 and the story of Zaccheus to encourage youth leaders how to reach students with the gospel like Jesus did.
  • Be available
  • Initiate relationship
  • Know their name
  • Meet on their turf
  • Ignore criticism

What in that list comes easily for you? Which is more difficult? How can you improve?
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How are you in the mix with students in your youth group? What is your ratio of being in the office and out with students?
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How are you at initiating relationships with students who are not in your youth group? How many can you call by name?
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What are some ways you can be more involved with students outside of the church walls?
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 "Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well."
~1 Thess. 2:8 (NIV)

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