Category Archives: Discipling

Jon Nielson: 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church

Jon Nielson has written an article for outlining three common traits shared by youth who keep their faith.

Here’s a summary:

1. They are converted.

We need to stop talking about “good kids.” We need to stop being pleased with attendance at youth group and fun retreats. We need to start getting on our knees and praying that the Holy Spirit will do miraculous saving work in the hearts of our students as the Word of God speaks to them.

It is converted students who go on to love Jesus and serve the church.

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Free Audio from #pbl13 – Helping 20-Somethings Overcome the Idol of Self

Enjoyed teaching today at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures in sunny Malibu, CA. We ran out of seats in the room I was in, then we ran out of floor space. Made me happy! 🙂

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New Wineskins: Disciplemaking and the Vanity of the Status Quo

I sat across the table from a pastor friend listening as he told a story.Cross path

“I had this youth minister growing up named Stan. Stan wasn’t the most eloquent guy. You’d never see him headlining a conference, read a book he’s written, or hear about him at all. His ministry wasn’t flashy – it was really simple. He’d pick a couple of kids each year, decide to invest in them, and then he’d spend time with them. They’d be mentored by Stan until they graduated high school and moved on, then he would find a couple more and repeat the process. I was one of those kids, and wouldn’t be the person I am today if Stan hadn’t discipled me like he had.”

My pastor friend went on, “If everybody in the church tried to do what I do, the church would be so ugly! Everyone would be competing for speaking engagements and trying to sell books – it would all be driven by ego – it’d be terrible!”

He paused before continuing.

“But if everyone in the church tried to be like Stan and simply do what he did, then the church would be beautiful.”

He was silent a moment.

“Sorry – I just put that together for the first time just now. Wow!”

‘Wow’ is right!

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