Are you passionate about working with young people? Advancing your education by earning a master’s degree in youth ministry through Grand Canyon University’s seminary school can prepare you to provide biblical guidance to youth. Continue reading to learn about youth ministry and its importance in today’s church.
The Role of Youth in Today’s Church
Investing in today’s youth is necessary in growing the body of Christ. Teaching young people in the church to grow in their relationship with the Lord prepares them to serve Christ in all they do. As a result, this nurtures the congregation and allows the church to flourish.
Serving young people cannot only prepare them to become future leaders, but also allow them to contribute to the church. This is seen many times in the Bible, as God often used young people to do great things. For example, God used Timothy to pastor and lead the Ephesian church when he was a teenager. 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
In addition, there is much to be learned from the faith of a child. Matthew 18:2-4 says, “He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” Because of God’s heart for young people, it is important to recognize their value in today’s church.
The Need for Leaders in Youth Ministry
Youth need guidance and support as they navigate through the most challenging part of their development and seek to grow in their walk with Christ. Christ-like leaders are needed to serve young members of the congregation and help them to reach their full potential.
Youth ministry leaders must be rooted in a biblical foundation in order effectively communicate with young people. In addition, they must understand modern influences on Christianity, which allow them to identify with youth and build meaningful relationships with them. If you feel called to help young people walk with the Lord, earning a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry may be a great option.
It is important for the truth of the gospel to be passed down from generation to generation in order to grow the body of Christ. Ultimately, helping youth to grow spiritually in their formative years will equip them to make an impact for Christ both now and in their future.
Grand Canyon University’s College of Theology educates students to communicate the gospel effectively, serve the church faithfully and minister with integrity. To learn more about GCU’s Christian worldview, visit our website.
Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communications degree at GCU.