Pastor of the Youth
Next Level Middle School, ministry to 6th, 7th and 8th graders, engages students in fun games, heartfelt worship, stirring activities, and stimulating discussions. They participate in honest dialogue about finding and applying God’s ways to situations that they might be facing. Powerful videos, break-out sessions, and the timeless Truth of God’s Word are used. NLMS meets once a week in the Youth Building.
Next Level High School, ministry to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders, encourages and engages students through heartfelt worship, powerful videos, breakout sessions, fun games, and the timeless Truth of God’s Word. These stirring activities are used to encourage honest dialogue about finding and applying God’s ways to situations students might be facing at home or in school.
March Week 3
Hello! Believe it or not, we just passed the third lesson of our four-lesson look at what Jesus had to say about engaging with culture. Lesson 3 was titled “Making An Impact.” In this lesson, we helped our youth see that as Christ-followers committed to the Gospel, they must be willing to bravely impact culture, especially those who the world has cast aside as having little or no value. We challenged them to identify the “outcasts” in their world who are most in need of Christ, and to commit to engaging with those with the purpose of sharing the Gospel.
We looked at the following Scripture passages:
- Matthew 9:9-13
- James 1:27
Please take a few minutes this week to read these passages.
Next Steps . . .
During the next week as you have time to talk with your teenager(s), remember that one way to help them understand and apply what they have learned is to explain it to someone else. Use the following questions to guide your conversation:
- This week out youth were challenged to do something very specific. They were asked to look around their schools and identify people who the world has cast-aside, falsely labeling them as “not valuable.” Once identifying those that fit this criteria, we challenged out youth to make an effort to reach out to those individuals or individual, even if it is a small gesture, to show them the love of Christ.
- Follow up with your teenager(s) to see where they are on this. If they need help identifying someone, help them. Maybe your teenager(s) needs help following through on showing this person kindness. Encourage your teenager(s) to be bold and to impact their world by reaching out to those who have been marginalized by our culture.
Thank you for all you do. If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to call me.
- Pastor Jackson