Kurt posted a lengthy piece about how we’re doing Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry here at Saddleback today. He talks a lot about our past and where we’re headed in the present. There’s some good stuff there for you to check out if you’re interested in how he is leading us as the Student Ministries Pastor here at Saddleback. Here’s an excerpt:
My starting point is the idea that we have “three arenas” in which our ministry has access into the lives of students. We gather them in LARGE GROUP settings, We gather them in SMALL GROUP settings and we get together with them as INDIVIDUALS. Here, in a very small nutshell is what it looks like:
LARGE GROUP: We want to EXPOSE students to Christ, his Kingdom and the 5 Purposes.
SMALL GROUP: We want students to EXPERIENCE Christ, his Kingdom and the 5 Purposes with others.
INDIVIDUAL LIFE: With the hope that students will EXPRESS Christ, his Kingdom and the 5 Purposes through their lifestyle.
We are still aware of the 5 potential audiences….that students are in different places spiritually, but instead of trying to design programs specifically for those students…that aim just for them and discourage other “audiences” from showing up, we are recognizing that students show up to whatever they want, whenever they want regardless of the program and it’s intended purpose or audience.