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Changing Youth Discipleship Perspective: From Outward To Inward Ministry

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Introduction

Nowadays youth ministry leaders are too much concentrated on creating fun and relaxed atmosphere to bring more people in. We want to get more people in church. We worry that they cannot attach to people. We afraid that new comers will be bored. That is why we so much emphasize relationship in sense of having fun.
However the other side of discipleship is being lost. Though Christian teachings have been taught at Bible studies, one-to-one classes, it is not enough. The need of nowadays discipleship and mentoring is to show believers those doctrines, teachings, studies are to be practices. This knowledge should be taught not as simple theory. At the same time if emphasis is made only on practical part it is wrong. The reason, meaning and purpose of every Christian practices should be explained.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the model of mentorship and discipleship, which will aim to lead believers to learn what is, why to and how to live as true worshiper. It is assumed that these factors will be foundation for healthy and constant growth of spirituality of young people.

The spirituality in the light of purpose of ministry

The purpose of any ministry in church is to help believer to be changed in the image of God through Holy Spirit. Church has to facilitate this change and participate in this process.
What is the goal of youth ministry as part of church? The General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church in 1983 accepted following purpose for its youth ministry:
To love youth where they are, encourage them in developing their relationships to God, provide them with opportunities for nurture and growth, and challenge them to response to God's call to serve in their communities. (Frye, 1989, p. 1)
Discipleship should bring believer to fully recognition of the reason for being God’s worshiper and facilitating this process. Christians are confused and failed to see the connecting line of theory and practice. This paper aims to describe the mistakes of discipleship systems for youth and give suggestions of how to make the biblical teachings personal for disciple.
None should be disciple of Jesus just because of knowing all the doctrines of Christianity. None should be disciple of Jesus because of just doing prayers, fasting, Bible reading. Believer should fully understand not only “what to”, “how to”, but “why to”. If this purpose will be comprehended, then the results of this kind of life will be pleasing God.
We find the great commission of Jesus Christ in all four Gospels of New Testament. It was the very last words of Jesus, that is why for us it has great importance. Jesus commends to “make disciples”:
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I...

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