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Youth Reflection Pape Essay

2946 words - 12 pages

Jason Phillips
11/7/12

Youth Ministries Case Study

This case study examines the Youth Ministries program of three Youth Ministries in Mobile, Alabama. The goal of this study is to exam the structure, vision, and effectiveness of each individual Youth Ministry. This study will compare and contrast Youth Ministries from different denominations as well as different group sizes. This study will serve to establish a working template for effective Youth Ministry.
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Youth Ministry 1: North Mobile Baptist Exit 15 Youth Ministries
When you first walk into Exit 15 Youth Ministries of North Mobile Baptist church you gain an understanding of the style of ministry they are trying to ...view middle of the document...

After the announcements, a group of adult leaders led an ice breaker and two short games to get the students moving and interacting with one another. The ice breaker and games lasted about 15 minutes. Once the games were finished, the praise and worship team took the stage. The worship team opened with a high energy praise song followed by two very moving and intimate worship songs. Students were clapping and dancing during the praise song. They engaged spiritually and emotionally to the worship songs with lifted hands. There were many who even went to the altar to pray during the worship songs. The youth worship team was dynamic. You could tell the emphasis they place on worship by their precision and excellence in worship. After the second worship song, the Youth Pastor came on the stage and shared some spiritual thoughts about worship and then proceeded to take up the offering. During the offering, the worship team led one more high energy praise song. This gave the impression that they intend for their worship services to be positive and uplifting.
After praise and worship and the offering, the Youth Pastor shared a very relevant message that dealt with being salt and light in today’s generation. He used illustrations, such as a salt shaker and a flashlight, to emphasize his points. He also used a brief video clip and powerpoint to serve as visual aides. There was a very positive response to his message. At the altar call, many came down to either accept Christ as Savior or to make a commitment to be salt and light.
At the conclusion of the service, the Café’ and the games stations were opened back up. Students mingled until time to leave. You left the service at Exit 15 Youth Ministries feeling inspired and motivated to live as a follower of Christ. This ministry is truly making an impact for the Kingdom of God.
Though their vision wasn’t spoken of directly, you gained a great understanding of it by simply being in a service. This ministry places value on relationships, worship, discipleship, and ministry. There were approximately 100 students in this service.

Youth Ministry 2: First Assembly of God Xcellerated Youth Ministries
Xcellerated Youth Ministries has its vision spelled out on the walls of their Youth Room. Their vision is to make Radical Disciples For Christ. The atmosphere is set with tin covered walls with road signage hanging all over the tin. Concert lighting and flat screen televisions are used in this ministry. This ministry gives great emphasis on worship. Their stage is filled with instruments. This ministry also gives great emphasis on relationship building by providing games stations and a lounge area for students to hang out before the service begins.
There were times when it seemed, however, that this ministry was unorganized. There were no greeters to welcome first time guests. There were no registration forms to fill out. The leaders arrived late and were scrounging around to...

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