Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community.
Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person
Goal 4: To empower young people to make disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
We have learned that it takes the entire Church to achieve the four goals we have established for ministry with teens.
This is what is needed: a Church which will know how to speak to young people, to their heart and enkindle, comfort, and inspire enthusiasm in it with the joy of the Gospel; a Church which will know how to invite and to welcome the teen who seeks a purpose for which to commit his whole existence; a Church which is not afraid to require much, after having given much; which does not fear asking from young people the effort of a noble and authentic adventure, such as that of the following of the Gospel
Themes of a Comprehensive Vision
Family Friendly – Ministry with teens recognizes that the family has the primary responsibility for the faith formation of young people and that the church share in it. The home is a primary context for sharing, celebrating, and living their faith, and we are partners with parents in developing the faith life of their adolescent children. The church can contribute significantly toward strong, life-shaping families for young people. The changes in family life, such as the increasing diversity in family structure, the pressures of family time and commitments, and the changing economic situation, challenge us to respond to family needs and to develop a variety of approaches, programs, activities, and strategies to reach out to families.
Intergenerational – Meaningful involvement in the life of our church. The development of intergenerational relationships provide young people with rich resources to learn the story of the Christian faith experientially and to develop a sense of belonging to Westway Bethel. Integration into intergenerational cells must always be our primary goal.
Multicultural – Ministry with teens is multicultural when it focuses on ensuring an inclusive family relationship between all our teens with no group dominating another. Where draw from each others strengths and support each others weaknesses.
Community-wide Collaboration – Community collaboration means building partnerships among families, schools, churches, and organizations that mobilize the community in a common effort to build a healthier community life and to promote positive adolescent development.
Leadership – Part of the vision of youth ministry is to present to youth the richness of the person of Christ, which perhaps exceeds the ability of one person to capture, but which might be effected by the collective ministry of the many persons who make up the Church”.
Flexible and Adaptable Programming – Ministry with teens creates flexible and adaptable program structures that address the changing needs and life situations of today’s young people and their families within a particular community.
Address Their Needs
Foster their faith and drawing them into responsible participation in the life, mission and ministry of the Church Youth Ministry is not just TO youth, but WITH, FOR and BY youth:
- Ministry TO Youth: programs and activities offered to youth by adults and peers of the community
- Ministry WITH Youth: young people becoming involved with adults and peers in the various ministries of the church
- Ministry FOR Youth: adults identifying the needs and concerns of youth and advocating on their behalf
- Ministry BY Youth: young people ministering to others