Addressing the Need for Discipleship in Student Ministry

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML)


College of Christian Ministries and Religion


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Michael L. Rakes, D.Min.


I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was walking around watching our students during the worship set of our service at Mix5. I noticed that half of our students were not engaged at all. It was like they had no idea what was going on besides talking to their friends, text messaging, or flirting with their girlfriends or boyfriends. After the worship segment was over, I went up on stage and began to preach what I thought was a powerful message. During my message, I was calling out students for talking, being on their cell phones, etc. Since that is pretty much the norm in a large youth group, I was kind of used to it. At the end of my message, I gave an altar response and watched the same kids raise their hands and come down front. As I prayed for them and ended the service, I walked off the stage and felt that what I was seeing was the death of a normal youth group. The lights, smoke, cool videos, and fun games, were bringing them in the door, but many of them were not connected with God. This is when I truly began to wake up to the realization that it was my responsibility as their spiritual leader to do something immediately, to change the way we did "youth group." That is when my journey began....

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