My mom and I have this official meeting once a week, usually on Mondays, and we sit down together, and we talk about life, what I'm reading in God's Word, how my prayer life is. Sometimes we read a book together and we discuss it. We talk about if I have any questions, she points out sin in my life if she sees it, and she encourages me where I'm doing well when she sees it.
She disciples me. And it happens every single week because we carve out the time, and my mom is very careful about guarding it and making sure that it happens.
But, on the flip side, discipleship is not something that just happens in this set-apart time. Discipleship happens through all of life. In Deuteronomy, it instructs parents to be teaching all the time. When you rise up, when you sit down, in and out. Discipleship happens with my mom in the car, it happens as we're listening to music, it happened when I was in school—discipleship in regular life. She loved me, she wanted to see me grow in my faith, so she was watchful for the ordinary moments in life that she could disciple me.
Teens Need Both!
So my mom discipled me both in the set-apart time we spent together, and in the regular day-to-day areas of life.
Youth ministry is a vital part of growing and equipping the church. Here are ten things to remember about the work of discipling students.
Before teens can actually explain the gospel, they must first know it themselves. Then they must know how to articulate it.
To live a life transformed by the gospel means that everything in life changes.