Recently, I was sharing a piece of information with a pastor colleague about how cultists have penetrated into primary schools to “catch them young for the devil.” I told him that while the devil and his cohorts are unleashing great wickedness upon our young ones in communities, schools, and society generally, it is disheartening to realize that Christians are busy playing religion or playing Church politics, without any plan to counter the agents of the devil that have moved in to enlist followers.
My beloved reader, if we care to look around us we will see on a daily basis how the enemy is influencing and mobilizing young people to pursue vanities, satanic agenda, or anything that catches their fancy. We cannot sit idly and watch the devil take the centre stage in determining their future!
The most urgent need of the hour therefore, is for us to team up with God to prepare them effectively to stand out for Him, and to groom them as end-time soldiers.
To me, that is all about building an effective youth ministry! Until we groom them to embrace God’s mandates for their lives, we have not fulfilled our ministry or achieved any divine purpose. This powerful and highly informative book is a wake-up call for a revolution in our Churches. It is a kind of revolution that would cause all Christians irrespective of their status in Church to accept the responsibility to become youth-friendly, youth workers, pastors or shepherds, shapers and moulders of our future generation.
Do you possess relevant information? Nehemiah was moved to action because of information he accessed about the state of his people. This book is designed to help you improve on your skill to reach out to young people better. Our God is progressive. He wants us to experience progress in every area of our lives and this includes youth ministry skill. A wise man said, “The largest room in the world is the room for improvement.”
With all sense of modesty and responsibility, I have been privileged of God to serve Him for ten years as a Church-based youth minister, and fifteen years as a full-time independent youth minister in a Para-Church setting.
In total, I have put in twenty five years in practical youth work. I know the two worlds of youth work, and I will be sharing copiously from my wealth of experience in this book.
Do you sense a call of God on your life to serve as a youth worker in your local Church or in a Para-Church youth ministry? Do you have a burning desire to do something worthwhile for God in the world of young people?
Do you have a burden to see our youths properly trained to become useful tools in the hands of God? Do you desire to see vibrant youth-Churches, where young people will passionately and vibrantly worship their God?
Are you a General Overseer, Senior Pastor, or local Church Pastor desiring to move your Church youth ministry to the next level? If your answer is a “yes” to any of the above questions then you are the reason why God inspired me to write this book.
Beloved reader, until youth ministry is seen and recognized as a top-priority in the life of the local Church we cannot boast of becoming relevant to God in the next dispensation. We need to re-enact our values for youths; and also reposition ourselves with all the resources at our disposal to reach out to and groom them for the Lord. We must resolve to become Successor-generation-friendly!
May be, you are yet to catch a vision for young people or your vision is blurred, don’t worry, I trust God to use this book to birth new vision or rekindle old vision for young people in your heart.
Building an effective youth ministry is a function of many factors as you are about to discover in this book. My prayer is that all readers will become fully acquainted with these factors as elucidated herein; and that they may utilize whatever information they get to advance the kingdom of God in the world of young people.