General Ministry

What would Jesus do? The saying that launched a zillion wrist bands! But it’s a timeless question that has some fun implications when you apply it to youth ministry. Here are a few of the things we believe Jesus would do as a youth pastor.

Teach with lots of stories.

Without a doubt the Master teacher would teach with stories. He would fill his message of hope and salvation with illustrations and object lessons. He would probably be criticized as being “shallow” for his talks, but crowds would flock to hear him teach.

Spend time with core leaders.

Jesus had an inner circle he spent the majority of his time with. He would pour into a few key students in whom he saw potential, and world-changing opportunity to work through them.

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He would be criticized for ignoring some people, and would undoubtedly have more than a few parents complain that he played favorites.

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Focus on relationships.

Jesus didn’t seem to be big on programs. When he did an overnighter, everyone fell asleep while he prayed. Instead of building great programs and youth rooms, he was a man of the people who ministered outside of the church walls.
Trust his volunteer team.

When Jesus left…he left the disciples in charge. In fact, he never came back! Talk about ownership… He was focused on building them, and then set them loose to change the world…and they did!

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If you teach with lots of stories, pour into student leaders, focus on relational ministry, and empower your volunteers, you are following Jesus’ example. And while there certainly is more to the modern church, you are most like Jesus when you serve this way.

Blessings as you serve others this week!


  • Alan says:

    Good article, but Jesus definitely was never criticized for being shallow. Every teaching moment we have of Jesus, we see the crowds are amazed and the religious leaders are confounded. He was simple, but He was deep- that’s what’s makes His teaching so amazing.

  • Christian Waltmire says:

    All of those ideas are fine… as long as the goal is to draw people to Jesus and disciple them to know Him more and then share Him with others.

  • chris says:

    Good reminder on asking how would Jesus do youth ministry… i need to be a better story teller!

    “Jesus didn’t seem to be big on programs” idk, what would a 1st century program look like? Using a boat to talk to a big crowd? Planing a lunch with 5 loves and 2 fish? Traveling from village to village often speaking in the synagog? Or healing the sick and casting out demons (that will draw a crowd!) ..How different is that then some of our programs? We plan things that will draw people together. We get the word out through the means available. I am sure that the crowds did not spontaneously appear kids, and people went ahead of Jesus letting people know he was coming to town. Seemed like he did have “programs’ but not at the expense of relationships. The, programs, are not bad they are a tool to give opportunities for relationships to happen.

    True, Jesus did have that close bunch that he focused on relationships in a more natural un programed way. But without some of the programed things he did would have they had the chance to follow him?

    The mistake that we (me) as youth pastors make is we look at the program as our purpose. It would be like a builder that had a great tool box and all the equipment but had never built anything… the tools don’t make you a builder the well built building does…

    thanks Chris

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