AFLC Youth Ministries exists to win teens to Christ, to build them up by God's Word and God's love, to equip them to live and to share their faith, resulting in the multiplying of maturing teen disciples of Jesus.
To encourage youth leaders and caring adults in this pursuit, each month AFLC Youth Ministries features three ideas:
- * Moment of the month features our fun youth ministry finds, you will see everything from movie trailers to magazine ads to YouTube videos.
- * Link of the Month features a recommended youth ministry site.
- * Taste of the Month features a taste of training or something we think would be worth you to nibble on for sharing Jesus with this generation of youth.
Check em’ out and enjoy!
Moment of the Month
"I'm Not Ashamed"
On October 21, the Pure Flix film about the life and death of Rachel Joy Scott will hit national theatres. The movie is based on accounts of one of the teens killed in the school shooting at Columbine High School in 1999.
As a full-time youth leader in the fall of 1999, I had the opportunity to spend a day with Darrel Scott, Rachel’s dad. If the movie captures a piece of what Darrel related to me, it will be a powerful film pointing to the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For People to Hear of Christ,
Rev. Jason Holt
National Youth Director
Link of the Month
Fuller Youth Institute has compiled from broad study in the USA a resource of 6 essential strategies to aid young people with their engagement in the local congregation. This link has a menu of information from about the study to free resources.
Taste of the Month
Self & God
By David F. Wells
In his book “The Courage to Be Protestant”, David Wells outlines the challenge of seeing God clearly in a culture that is absorbed with “self”. He indicates that spirituality in the United States has been strongly influenced by “the marks of postmodern disposition”.
Wells continues about the American church in speaking about the typical spirituality, “It is deeply subjective, nonmoral in its understanding, highly individualistic, completely relativistic, and insistently therapeutic” (p. 123). He explains that many have held only to the reality of God’s immanence (His nearness) and have ignored God’s transcendence (His holiness).
If this observation is true, it raises some questions for us:
1) How do we as youth leaders make sure to communicate both the subjective (I believe) and the objective (the Christian beliefs)?
2) What Scripture passages assist us to demonstrate the individual nature and corporate reality of the faith?
3) Which of these challenges -- nonmoral assessment, relativistic perspective, or therapeutic priority -- is primary in my setting? In what way can I address this concern Biblically with our teens?