A Proper Focus on Next Generation Ministry

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Too often next generation ministries, especially student ministry, are viewed as holding tanks with pizza, waiting areas until young people get old enough to actually engage in their own spiritual journey. Watch as author, pastor, and President of Lifeway Research Ed Stetzer, describes the importance of churches taking seriously the transmission of the gospel to the next generation.


How are next generation ministries viewed at your church? How is that reflected in budget and resource allocation for children's and youth ministry?
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Ed shared that the Lord saved him and others in his family through a church's bus ministry. How were you personally impacted by next generation ministries as a kid? Was it positive, negative, or not at all? How do you think that influences how you view those ministries now?
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Have you considered the positive impact that next generation ministry can have on entire families? How can you be intentional about reaching out to children and students in your community? What about their parents?
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Successful next generation ministries require a lot of volunteers. What percentage of your congregation currently volunteers in children's or youth ministry? How can your church best encourage members to volunteer their time for next generation ministries?
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Ed noted, "I think churches that take seriously the next generation are the kind of churches that we're seeing making an impact." A growth in the value and importance given to children's and youth ministry will lead to a growth in your church's ability to make disciples. "Every church has to find ways to take seriously the transmission of the gospel to the next generation."