Student Ministries As Outreach
According to the North Carolina Baptist link “Be Do Tell” North Carolina has 823,000 teenagers. A little over 10% of the 8 million people that live in our state. The sad news is that almost 4% are Christians, that is 32,900. We need to develop strategies to train teen Christians to reach their friends, family and neighbors. It is their mission to reach the more than 790,000 teens that do not have Jesus into their hearts in order to disciple them.
At the Rowan Southern Baptist Association, we want to dedicate 2018 to push for new Students Ministries in every church. Revitalize those that are slowing down and create awareness of the need to reach this generation. It is not the future, but the present of our churches.
Churches can receive a high dose of energy with a student ministry that is focused on missions. Students live 6 to 7 hours per day in the most diverse environment our society has and it is called school. Here our students may interact with first or second-generation immigrants from Laos, Thailand, the Philippines, Liberia, Korea, China, Russia, Honduras, Mexico or Costa Rica.
Developing and strengthening a Student Ministry is opening the door to our churches to fulfill the Great Commission. Reaching our local colleges will bring Jesus to our next generation of leaders. I hope that you are praying to reach many children and students in 2018, and may Jesus say to your church, as to mine: “...Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them…” Matthew 19:14, 15.
I pray that this Christmas season and New Year will bring a renovated vision of the lost among our cities and towns. Love for the less privileged and hope for those that need to be free from the chains of sin.
Director of Missions