Teen Life Ministries
Paul Evans & Al Millergren, Ph.D.
Teen Life Family,
World View > Values > Observable Behavior
Another word for World View is our core. We may say it’s our heart.
We literally live from the inside out. Whatever is in our heart,
determines our values, which determines how we live visibly.
Change our heart and the way we live changes as well.
The ultimate goal of youth ministry is to change the world view,
the hearts of teens. Right now, for most in our groups, the world
view is self. At the core of individual lives is Susan, Jeff, Bill,
Sure there is a segment, a piece for Christ, but not an
overwhelming presence. Certainly not absolute rule.
How do we know? Trace the reason for any action taken. Look at the
motive behind each decision that is made. WHY did a teen do “x” or
This is the simple test. What is the reason or motive: Christ or
I know, it sounds like an impossible measurement. An almost unfair
question. BUT Jesus said…
“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his
work” John 4:34.
“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do
only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father
does the Son also does” John 5:19.
Jesus’ motive and reason for everything was the Father. What will
happen to us and our group when THAT becomes OUR world view? When
that becomes our core? When that becomes our heart?
So how do we change our heart and the hearts of teens?
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Youth Partners in Youth Ministry!
Al and Paul
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Starting Your Youth Ministry from Scratch…
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