The pressures on teens from societal and cultural influences have become so enormous that the development of youth departments in churches have become strongly emphasized. At the same time, the spiritual needs of youth are no different from the needs of adults (although the approach to meeting those needs may differ). Young people need the “pure spiritual milk” that will enable them to grow into mature Christians, and youth leaders must use the Word of God to teach, rebuke, correct and train in righteousness so that those in their care “may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
There is an expression that the Church is always one generation away from extinction. It’s simply because the Youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. With this truth in mind it should be self-evident that our Church ought to take seriously their commitment to Ministry to the youth. If the youth are the leaders of tomorrow then they need to be a priority in our Church today.
Perhaps we might even be inclined to ask, “What real value can they be to the Church today?” What we will find is that the church that takes care of their Youth today, and values them, will be rewarded now and in the future.
Youth are important, and are the leaders of tomorrow. As the Chief Apostle, I would like to make sure that the Church creates an environment which welcomes Youth, and encourage them to live a good life and contribute to the development of our Church.
Titus 2 v 3 -5: “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
The older women had to teach the younger women in the following: To love their husbands by acknowledging his headship in the home, by making no major decisions apart from him, by keeping an orderly home, by forgiving graciously, by keeping the lines of communication always open, by refraining from criticizing or contradicting her husband in front of others and by being supportive when things go wrong.
Also to teach them about our Apostolic doctrine that God has never called a woman to preach the Gospel and never will. “Let your women keep silence in the churches”. 1 Corinthians 14 v 34.
Beloved, “I will never stop doing good to you” – Jeremiah 32 v 40 . ‘For you are my treasured possession” – Exodus 19 v 5. ‘For I am your greatest encourager” – 2 Thessalonians 2 v 16. “I am your Father and I love you”. John 17 . 23. “As a Shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart” – Isaiah 40 v 11. “I have always been a Father, and will always be a Father” – Ephesians 3 v 14.
I wish you well in your endeavours which are deserving of success.