A deep understanding of their baptismal faith is critical for youth in today’s changing world. Jesus’ death and resurrection must be central as teens experience new learning, expanding freedom, struggle and doubt. Healthy youth ministry instills in youth the desire to understand and study God’s living Word.
Personal and group Bible study helps provide a lens through which to process and understand the huge amount of information to process each day. Youth ministry should encourage teens to prioritize regular worship, scripture reading, prayer, and receiving the Lord’s Supper faithfully. God uses His Means of Grace to equip youth to faithfully live in busy and confusing times. The Youth Ministry Teaching End Goals are designed to move youth from Confirmation toward a deep understanding of their faith which will guide them as lifelong learners. The Teaching End Goals are not comprehensive, nor do they seek to limit what youth should learn in youth ministry. They are a solid starting point for setting a deep foundation for youth to apply God’s Word to the ever-increasing complex baptized life.
Resources for Understanding Baptismal Faith
Resources help encourage and teach youth to:
- live as forgiven sinners with the promise of eternal life through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
- recognize the work of the Holy Spirit who brought them to faith, gathered them into God’s family, and works through them.
- regularly worship, study the living and active Word of God, pray together, and receive the Lord’s Supper faithfully.
- move toward key outcomes for young Lutheran Christians. (Examples are outlined in Youth Ministry Teaching End Goals.)
- Understanding their Baptismal Faith (Pre-Teens/Jr. High)
- Junior Confirmation
- Sunday School
- Help for Sunday School Teachers
- Help for Youth Group Leaders
- Youth Ministry