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tips for youth workers MARCH 2015

DECISION DAY was a success!  We had 5 young people accept Jesus as their Saviour.

What wonderfully exciting news to be able to share!  There will be much rejoicing in heaven and on earth with such news.  But what will happen next?  Will you remember to do the following:
  1. Enter the child’s name in the seeker’s roll?
  2. Share the good news with the corps officer and the congregation?
  3. Share the good news with your corps statistician?
  4. Consider how you are going to follow up on the decisions made?
Unfortunately many times we forget that follow up is the important next step to decision-making.  Follow up is essential to helping a new Christian grow and develop his or her faith.  For churched and unchurched children alike, we need to help them know how to establish a personal devotional life, how to resist temptation, what to do if they sin, and how to grow spiritually.
Here are a couple of simple steps to take after a child has made a decision.
  1. Have the young person sign and date a commitment card.  These can be purchased at Christian supplies stores or made, or use the one on the back of The Salvation Army decision pamphlets.
  2. Encourage the young person to tell their parent/s about the important decision they have made.  Be prepared to help the young person to do this.
  3. Give their name to their Sunday school teacher or the volunteer who will be responsible for helping the young person complete the six week age-appropriate follow up course.*
  4. Have a teacher or volunteer visit the child in their home to encourage them within the first week of the decision.
  5. Be sure to tell your corps officer about the decision each young people makes.  They may wish to visit the family and answer any questions they have.
*The following age-appropriate follow up courses are available from
   Grow… God’s Way                                                ages 4-6 years
                        How Do I Grow With God?                                   ages 6-8 years
                        So What Do I Do Now?                                         ages 8-11 years
                        I Have Decided To Follow Jesus                           ages 11 years and up
                        Leader’s Guide                                                     for use with all ages


“I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow.  It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the centre of the process but God, who makes things grow… What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving.” – Paul, 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (The Message)
The relationships we develop with young people are vital to their growth in becoming mature Christians.  Our work is not over when they accept Christ.  It is just beginning.  They will require encouragement and nurturing as they develop their faith.  God will accomplish the growth--we are simply his gardeners.  How is your garden growing?

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  1. Comment from Laura Hickman, May 5, 2014 12:15pm

    I recently discovered the "CHAT Prayer Plan" and thought it could be useful with older children.
    C- Cheer God on for who He is (what about God makes you glad? Example: God You are an awesome God)
    H- Humble Yourself (If Jesus were to tour your heart or journey with you for a day, what would he find? Asking forgiveness for times we've made mistakes)
    A- Appreciate what God has done (expressing thanks to God)
    T- Tell God your needs

    This can be found at: