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Last Saturday, July 18 was a time to meet-up with old friends and new in the GYMN Office in Manila. We invited graduates of our Level 1 training over and there were a few discussions on youth ministry as well as a preview into the advanced training curriculum we have. Despite the sudden rainy weather (or maybe because of it), brewed coffee and oatmeal choco chip cookies made the perfect afternoon delight. Here’s a video:

Thank you to all who joined for making it such a good time!

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For the past four Saturdays (June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2009) at 1 past noon to 7 in the evening, four GYMN trainers (I, Ethel, Eric and Aboy) have been teaching the Level 1 material to leaders of “Youth Alive” the youth department of Word of Hope here in Quezon City, Philippines. Here’s a glimpse into the event:

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This post is part of a collection of articles sent as a follow-up to GYMN trainings. You can get a pdf version of this file to download or print out here: april_2008_youth_connection.

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As a young Christian I was once invited by my friend to join a course on world missions. I was hesitant at first, little did I know that that would be the start of a love for missions that has brought me to remote islands of my country and placed me in an organization that is reaching youth globally. By missions, I refer to the effort of all the body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission as found at the end of Matthew:“And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:17-20

My plea is that you include world-missions in your overall strategy and make it more central in your teaching. Consider the following reasons why missions is so important:

1: Missions is Biblical

The verses often talked about on this topic are Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8 which we will look into later, but these are only two among hundreds of verses in the Bible that show God’s concern for the nations! From Genesis where he calls Abraham and blesses him and says to Abraham “…in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” to the book of Revelations where the following song is sung to Jesus “… you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” We cannot escape the fact that missions is one of the major themes of the Bible. If we do not tackle missions in our youth group we are missing a big part of what the Bible is all about.

2: It is the Greatest Cause

Human beings give their life for great causes and no cause is greater than this one. From my own experience, I am not a person easily moved but many times I have been in tears at the greatness of God in missions. Youth especially love a challenge and the Great Commission is the biggest challenge there is. It is more important than creating solutions to any global crisis, for those deal with this short life while missions deals with where people will spend eternity.1

3: We Get More of God’s Greatness

Missions is important most of all because it enlarges our view of God. This is true not just for our youth but also for us, as youth leaders. As we look into missions and deepen our involvement in it we get to see more of the magnificence of God’s character. As we begin to discover God’s concern for every family of the earth we begin to comprehend just how deep the love of God is. When we look into how God has worked from history until today we start to understand the power of a God who watches the nations like ordinary men watch over sheep.

To put it negatively: If we do not have a world-view of missions we risk belittling our God. John Stott once told a story of visiting a tiny church in England while on a study leave. He worshipped with them every Sunday, participated in their fellowship, and heard their discussions. He related his dismay when week after week, the pastor would preach about issues facing the village, pray about concerns in the church, and discuss decisions related only to their congregation. “I came to the conclusion,” Stott observed, “that these people worship a village God.” 2

We cannot allow the same things to happen to us. We cannot afford for us and our youth to have a small view of God. (more…)

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This post is part of the Youth Connection, articles sent as follow-up to GYMN trainings.

Basic Tools

Several recent events in my life have forced me to be reminded of what is foundationally important in youth ministry and even in our life apart from ministry. Allow me to share them with you along with the back to basics lessons I learned. See if any of these three are areas for you to revisit in your life.

Lesson #1: Slow down to listen.

Interestingly all of these insights occurred in times when I was able to sit in on other ministry events; one was a gathering of thousands of youth ministry leaders, the other at a gathering of 80 pastors. Both gatherings were places where I was not in charge or asked to have major speaking roles. Although I do think that God can minister to us while we are ministering to others, often times these find us speaking about Him more than listening to Him. (more…)

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