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You can be an influence in the life of a young person whether you teach Sunday school, a discipleship class, kids club, singing company, YP band, lead a youth group, or are a youth pastor or corps officer.  The following are 10 things that you can do to make a difference in a life:
  1. Know God.  Spend time with God.  Read the Bible; talk with Him in prayer; listen to Him.  Read books that will help you know Him and His will for you.
  2. Study to improve yourself.  If God has called you to teach a subject, truth or skill, learn all you can about that topic.  Get trained to be the best teacher or leader that you can be.
  3. Recognize that God’s love needs to be shared with anyone and everyone, including children and youth!
  4. Build relationships.  Ask your students questions about themselves.  Speak to them whenever you meet them.  Show them that you are interested in them.
  5. Encourage young people.  Send them little notes of encouragement.  Give them Scripture verses that they can claim as their own.
  6. Minister to the whole family.  Speak with parents of your students.  Show them that you are interested in their child.  Send home resources you think that would be helpful.
  7. Identify a young person’s potential and help them to develop it.  What skill or personality trait is a strength?  How can you put that strength to work in your setting?
  8. Broaden your students’ horizons.  Expose them to new and different things.  Think outside of the box or classroom!
  9. Pray for them.  Pray for them often.  Pray for them by name.  Recruit others to pray for your students.
  10. Ask the most important question of all.  Ask them “Would you like to become a child of God?”  The number one reason many don’t invite Christ into their lives is because they were never asked.  Ask often.  Perhaps a young person is not ready this week, but they might be next week.
Perhaps you are familiar with the song below from Bill and Gloria Gaither.  Ask yourself today: Am I doing everything I can to make a difference in the lives of the young people under my ministry?  Am I helping them reach their potential?  Can my young people sing these words, because of me?
I am a promise, I am a possibility.
I am a promise with a capital “P”.
I am a great big bundle of potentiality.
I am a learnin’ to hear God’s voice,
and I am tryin’ to make the right choice.
I am a promise to be anything God wants me to be.

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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: