By Chris Roberts, with Aaron Molesky, director of CIY’s Engage
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series on missional thinking, Christ In Youth directors Matt Gilchrist and Aaron Molesky said that every mission trip lands somewhere on the spectrum of DOING and BEING. Gilchrist provided a plan for youth leaders to help students develop hearts for DOING, while Molesky tackled what it takes to develop a heart for BEING.
In this final part of the series, Molesky discusses the steps a youth leader should take to help develop a student who has embraced the ideas of DOING and BEING and point them toward Christ’s great commission to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations – essentially to GO and BE.
“The posture of a Kingdom worker is to GO and BE,” Molesky said. “The posture of a Kingdom worker brings about activity. Jesus on several different times sent his disciples to places that were culturally totally different. It was uncomfortable and the people talked differently, but he took them there with a specific purpose to show them that Jesus’ salvation is for all men. So there’s a unique opportunity to GO and see and learn what Jesus is doing in other place, and how that is expressed in different cultures.”
Molesky said the progression from DOING and BEING to GO and BE is part of the natural maturation process of a student as they develop their faith. To help guide them along that process, Molesky suggests some steps that will lead students into a faith with more depth:
- Challenge Jr. High students. Molesky says that one of the biggest keys to developing mature Christian students is to begin challenging the way they think about missions and service when they’re in seventh grade.
- Teach them how to be Kingdom workers in every avenue of life. “You can be a Kingdom worker as a stay-at-home mom or a business owner or a doctor,” Molesky said. “This is about how you love other people in your context really well.”
- Go on a hill and pray for the city. Molesky suggests having your students organize a time when the group can go up to a high place that overlooks the city and pray specifically for the needs of the community.
- Find ways to connect them to the missionaries that your church supports. Skype from the mission field, or help them research the locations that they have interest in around the world. “If you find something that the student loves – like skateboarding, or the arts – then help them research that thing within a different culture,” Molesky said. “It will open their eyes and create an excitement for other places of the world.”
Molesky said ultimately adult leaders need to encourage their students to pray for a specific nation, and if they don’t know of a nation to pray for then suggest that they pray that God would give them a heart for a specific nation within a week or two. If they ask, God will give them a place on their hearts for a culture or community in need.
Thanks for loving students!
-Chris Roberts, Aaron Molesky, and the rest of the Christ in Youth team