Youth ministry is a balance. Teenagers, in high school, are all about being social but that doesn't mean they aren't searching for something deeper at church. They need the truth of the gospel and yearn for a deeper knowledge of their God. They do not want watered down theology and constant praise songs.
It's important to sit down and think about what your youth ministry program is all about. What do you, as a church, value enough to provide that for your youth? I suggest every congregation consider what I call the four pillars of youth ministry.
- Spiritual Growth - providing opportunities for quality Bible study.
- Leadership Training - by allowing students to be leaders.
- Service - both inside and outside the congregation.
- Fellowship - opportunities for students to have fellowship and grow together.
You can print off a copy of my philosophy of youth ministry here.