Discipleship is often a key part of church programs; the same should be true for Youth Ministry, too. Without discipleship, people may not be learning and growing in their walk with God. Here are some key tips to remember if you’re planning on starting a discipleship program with a student(s):
1) Don’t overload yourself
It’s not possible for you to disciple every single student in your youth group, especially if it’s a decent sized group! Pick a handful of students that you can really invest your time and energy into; When you have fewer students, you’ll have more time with the handful.
2) Understand the students
Some students will like a more structured program, while others might like a looser feeling. Moreover, some students might need a beginner’s type of learning, going over essential doctrines and the gospel message, while others might just need an older mentor to hang out with and learn things while hanging out.
3) Make moments teaching ones
You don’t need to force teachings during times of discipleship. Much of Jesus’ own teaching was sparked by the context they were in. Likewise, you might be spending time with a student and notice something around you that can spark your own teachable moment.
4) Pray with them
You want students to feel comfortable praying, so set the example for them and make sure you are praying during your time with them. Although hanging out and having fun is awesome, you should find time for prayer and spiritual things.
5) Give short assignments
If the student has agreed to a more structured discipleship, then go ahead and find some short assignments for them to do between meetings. For example, you can have them read a portion of the Bible and answer questions, or memorize a verse or two. Whatever it is, it should have its focus in learning more about Jesus.