“The Lord (Jesus) appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” (Luke 10:1-2)
We hope to follow the model of Jesus: train students, empower them, and send them to live onMission.
If research tells us that approximately 59% of youth ministry attending students are walking away from their faith after high school, then we must proactively develop programming that encourages faith to “stick.” This includes:
- Empowering and training parents to model spiritual formation to their children
- Encouraging adult mentorship (at least 5 adults investing in each student)
- Giving students plenty of space to explore their faith and how to “work it out” in daily life, rather than defaulting to telling them
- Intergenerational serving and worship together
We want to create culture of empowering students to “test out” their faith by actively serving, mentoring a younger person, and leading others; especially when it is challenging for all involved. One of the ways we hope to activate students to lead others is through our Student Internship.
Are you ready to “be sent out”? Learn more at: intern.storiesof.us