Youth ministry, also known as a youth group, is a religious organization that focuses on engaging and connecting with young people aged 12 to 30. Its mission is to provide spiritual awakening and growth opportunities for those who attend their places of worship or live in their community. Youth ministry is more than just entertainment or a social club for teenagers. It exists to create intentional opportunities for students to come closer to Jesus Christ.
The goal is to establish meaningful relationships between mature adult believers and students, helping them grow in their relationship with the Lord. Cameron Cole (MA, Wake Forest University) serves as director of youth ministries at Advent Cathedral Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and is the president of Rooted, a ministry dedicated to fostering gospel-centered student ministry. At the core of youth ministry lies the same basic convictions about the importance of a constant diet of expository biblical teaching for conversion, spiritual growth, and equipping for ministry. It is the Church's pastoral concern, reaching out to young people to accept their gifts and walk with them in their process of becoming all they can be. In healthy youth ministry, students are known beyond face and facts.
Adult volunteers strive to learn about students' feelings, fears, and faith. Churches and families should not lose sight of the true purpose of youth ministry which is to empower young people to lead the cause of Christ and apply Christianity to all areas of life. Older adults can serve as a valuable asset as volunteers in a church's youth ministry, even if they don't have the energy or “coolness” of a twenty-five-year-old. Don't ask your youth pastor when you are going to become a “true shepherd” unless you want to test your sanctification.
Youth Ministry is designed to help empower and spiritually equip teens in a fun and godly environment for the Glory of God.