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The other day I was asked: "Jeremy...once a student has gone through your youth ministry program what is one thing you want them to have internalized?" My answer: That they understand they are a full time missionary at every facet of their life. They are missionaries in their neighborhoods, schools, athletics, house, movie theater, restaurant, etc... They see God moving everywhere in and outside of church.

20 Ways Teens Can Be Local Missionaries

The other day I was asked:  “Jeremy Zach…once a student has gone through your youth ministry program what is one thing you want them to have internalized?”

My answer: That every teen KNOW they are a full time missionary in every facet of their life.  They are missionaries in their neighborhoods, schools, athletics, house, movie theater, restaurant, etc…  They have the ability to see God moving everywhere–in and outside of church.  I call this teenage missional living.

20.  Start a lunch time prayer meeting or Bible study during school

19.  Serve, love, respect, & obey  parents (Romans 1.30, Ephesians 6.1, Colossians 3.20, 2 Timothy 3.2)

18.  Respect  teachers and coaches authority

17.  Buy a non-friend lunch and eat with them

16.  Serve at the local shelter

15.  Babysit for free

14.  Provide free tutoring

13.  Pick up trash around the community

12.  Hang with “other” clusters of students on the weekends

11.  Do an after school sport, club, and drama that you would not normally do

10.  Stand up for the non-cool kids at school

09.  Help school janitor during study hall or lunch time

08.  Host study groups (don’t just give away all the answers)

07. Befriend non-believers and actually listen to their belief systems

06.  Throw fun, but safe weekend parties.  These party need to be so cool, the “real” party people want to come.  Also make sure your students are getting invite to other non-Christian parties.  Your students need to be seen as the party starters and not the party poopers.

05.  Intentionally have discussions with biology, physics, and science teachers about Intelligent Design

04.  Bring extra gum to school

03.  Get involved in school events

02.  Hang out with the school administration.  Administration are always looking for reliable and honest students as their liaisons.

01.  Talk a lot of about Jesus and how He has changed your life


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2 comments

  1. Good clear and simple set of practices. Thanks for putting this stuff out there for youth and youth workers.

  2. I LOVE this.

    this summer, we’re opting – for various reasons – to do “local” mission trips instead of a trip.

    should be exciting and – hopefully – will lead to teens being able to imagine themselves as local missionaries.

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