Why Student Ministries (Part 3)

The first two posts in the series “Why Student Ministries” can be found here and here. In this series we are looking at several of the reasons why Student Ministries exist and why it is vital for young people to be plugged into student Ministries.

The third answer to the question, “Why Student Ministries” is: Student Ministries is the Church’s means of connecting High School and Junior High students directly to a Pastor.

In 1 Peter 5:1-2 Peter writes, “So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight…” In Paul’s list of gifts to the church in Ephesians 4:11 he includes the office of Pastors as a specific gift that God has given to the church for building itself up. The role of the Pastor is to shepherd the hearts of the flock and to equip them for the work of ministry. He does this through preaching, counseling, administrating, etc. but his ultimate goal is to shepherd the hearts of his flock to the glory of God.

Student Ministries exists as a conduit to connect High School and Junior High students directly to a shepherd who can oversee and care for their souls. In practical terms, it does almost no good to have a Student Ministries pastor if the young people in a church are not connected to him in some way. Student Ministries serves as the primary means of connecting students to their shepherd at their local church.

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August 27 2007 09:30 pm | Why Student Ministries

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