The Purpose of Youth Ministry

We are excited that the Lord has led Josh McClure to be our new youth pastor!  He’ll assume his role at the beginning of the new year.  As Josh prepares for youth ministry at Brushy Fork, it is important that we remind ourselves what the purpose of youth ministry is.  Let’s take a moment to think about these things together.

Here are two purposes of youth ministry for us to consider as we prepare to welcome Josh:

1.  It’s about Discipling Young People

One of the primary purposes of a youth group is to help current students grow in their faith.  The main job that any youth pastor should focus on is teaching the students the Word of God and helping them incorporate its truths into their lives.  After all, the word “pastor” means “shepherd,” and one of the main jobs of a shepherd is to feed the sheep.  A youth pastor should feed the students the Word of God, and help them apply it to their lives.  Why is this the primary purpose, you might ask?  Because it’s the Word of God that has the power to transform lives.  Nothing else has that kind of power.

Now, believe me, our youth will do some fun things.  We have at least one event scheduled for them each month of the year.  But what we need to remember is that while fun events are important, it is ultimately not any event that will transform a young person’s life.  Only the Word of God can do that.

2. It’s about Assisting Parents

Another important task of a youth pastor is assisting parents in their task of “bringing up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  We need to emphasize the word “assist” here.  Parents are the primary ones responsible for the spiritual nurturing of their children.  Having a youth pastor does not mean that parents can take a break from that responsibility and let the youth pastor do all the work for them.  Even when a church has a youth pastor, the parents are still the primary teachers and spiritual guides for their kids.  The youth pastor, then, should be viewed as an assistant to the parents.  He is there to help you teach your children and to help you guide them through life with biblical wisdom.

With these things in mind, let’s pray that God would do a work within our youth ministry, and use our new youth pastor in that process.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Grant


About Brushy Fork Baptist Church
We are a small rural church in Indiana that wants to impact its community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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