The Middle Years Ministry

THE MIDDLE YEARS MINISTRY is a Site Dedicated to Providing Resources, Ideas, and Help to Next Generation Pastors, Leader, Directors, Teachers, Mentors. Our goal is to MEET YOU in the MIDDLE in the Middle Years
, the Pivotal 5th-9th Grade Years. The middle ground between children’s ministry and high school ministry. The age where 85% of people make their final life-long faith decisions.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Top 10: If The Rest of the Church Ran Like the Youth Ministry? (no seriously...)

Recently, I was challenged by the book Inter-Generational Youth Ministry by Mel Walker.  In it, he points out that youth ministry can be a model for the whole church.   It got me thinking about what are some things that would change or what would it look like IF THE REST OF THE CHURCH RAN LIKE THE YOUTH MINISTRY....

10. The Sr. Pastor would regularly show up at the biggest employers in town to have lunch with his members, and their friends, to build relationships.

9. Twice a year, the weekend services would shut down and the majority of the church would go away for a weekend retreat.

8. One week a summer, the whole church would go away for a week of worship, discipleship, teaching (and fun) at a camp or conference.

7.  Every summer the bigger majority of the church would spend a week or more serving the poor, doing work projects, and running vacation Bible schools both in our country and around the world.

6. Any major trips or events for discipleship or missions (see # 7,8,,9) would have to be paid for through fundraising, not out of the church budget.

5. Worship music would reflect the current culture of what people actually listen to in their day to day lives-out in public, in their work places, with their friends, and current media.

4. Every 8-10 people would have 1-2 older more mature adult that would meet with them regularly to discuss the sermon, disciple them, keep them accountable, and call them if they missed church (*continuing to caringly call them until they returned)

3. On a regular basis in service people would have to do an icebreaker where they would have to ask people their name and one question, forcing them to get to know others around them beyond a quick handshake.

2. There would be an ongoing emphasis to dedicated the rest of your life to Christ and 'grow up' in your faith beyond where you are currently at.

1. There would be a defined, specific scope and sequence that would cover at least the next 6 years of what was being taught, how people were being disciple, and what direction the ministries were going to take? (and why?)
What would you add?


  1. 11. Outsiders would get a glimpse that a relationship with God isn't boring.

    12. The whole pastoral staff would be out in their community, building relationships that aren't dependent on a person walking through the church doors.

  2. 13. Older members wouldn't get stuck in the groove....they'd be buffering.