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Rob Lamont started paid youth Ministry in 1978 and is evangelical, reformed, (That means Bible believing) and has written these resources from a Biblically conservative position.

Rob has worked for such groups as Bible Society and Scripture Union and is a Westminster Presbyterian Minister.

Rob currently is the Scripture teacher and chaplain at Kellyville High School ( A state High School in Sydney , Au)
where he teaches Christian Education, runs 3 Bible studies and 6 prayer groups) He also coordinates Scripture teaching for Rouse Hill High School. He has preached for over 20 different denominations
and lectured at numerous Bible Colleges.

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Five Questions to plan your Youth Ministry
Many people do youth ministry but are unsure of the big picture.
The five questions below will help you put together your plan of ministry.
It is based around the word BONDS which stands for

The aim is to work through these headings to find your strengths and weaknesses in your program.


* Who has your youth group reached in the past? Why?
* What is your youth group good at doing?
* Why do you like going?
* What are the aims of the ministry?


B How will you build bridges to your community?

* How do people hear about the group?
If you interviewed people in the local schools what things would they say about your group?
- Media
- Word of Mouth
- Community Profile
* What events do you run that link non-Christians to the group?
* What events could your church run to link it more to the community?
Our response is to ...

Practical tips newspaper articles; special community events; use the days that you know that you will have visitors; signs on the church property; drop in centre, sport groups, summary document of the aims and key ministries. Visit every visitor to the church/youth group within the following week. brochures on the church/youth group.

How will you outreach and present the gospel?
* Do we provide opportunities for people to become Christians?
- Where, when  and how?
* Do the people in the youth group know how to tell others about Jesus?
- What training do you provide?
Our response is to ...

Practical tips,,  community films e.g.. dealing with being single, marriage, parenting; School Seminars, Holiday clubs, special services that the church plans for.

How will you nurture new believers?
* If a person became a Christian how would we help them to grow?
- What resources do you use to encourage Bible reading, prayer, church attendance and ministry?
- How do people find out their gifts for ministry?
Our response is to ...
Practical tips: Find a suitable follow up course, Promote your small groups; Quiet time material, church Prayer diaries, A new Believers pack.

How will you disciple Christians to spiritual maturity?
* How do you develop peoples love for God!
- How do people develop their ministry skills?
- How do people grow in Bible knowledge?
Our response is to ...
Practical tips Provide a challenge for your people; Set aside a regular time in the church calendar to teach for a few weeks on ministry etc. Give worth to those who complete any training.

How will you provide opportunities of Service?
Do we provide opportunities to serve Christ?
* How does a person get involved in ministry?
Our response is to ...

Practical tips Have job descriptions for all jobs, a philosophy of ministry standard and application forms so that people know what will be expected of them.
Short term Missions, fund raising events for mission work, Help on Christian camp sites, Sponsorship for Leadership training camps, Supporting members at Bible College, Do missions for other Churches, Help in charitable organisations, sing in homes, paint  or help with the lawns for older people, Pictures in the church of all key ministry people.