Student Missions Discipleship

Missions discipleship for students is, at its core, about making disciples. It’s about reaching the lost and helping them grow to become on-mission Christians (Christians who take seriously their responsibility to live as missionaries every day of their lives). Simply put, missions discipleship is praying for, training and equipping workers who make disciples and carry the message of Christ to a lost and dying world.

Missions discipleship is not a cookie cutter program. It looks different in each individual church. The approach to missions education is not nearly as important as accomplishing it. Remember that missions discipleship doesn’t happen by accident. It is important to be intentional about teaching, training, and equipping students to live an on-mission lifestyle.

Before you can determine your approach, take a moment to evaluate your current status. What does missions discipleship look like in your student ministry? Consider the following components of missions discipleship. Are you leading your students to:

  • Pray for missions?
  • Support missions through offerings?
  • Grow spiritually to live out a missions lifestyle?
  • Learn about Southern Baptist missionaries, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Annie Armstrong
  • Easter Offering, and the Cooperative Program?
  • Participate in mission projects and witnessing?
  • Participate and invest in the lives/ministry of your church?

Check out student missions resources below:


Church Planting

Sent Out Ones

Our God is a sending God and we are to be a sent people.
October 13, 2015
Church Health

Outreach in Student Ministry

Preparation: Communicate, to the students, the need for evangelism Train your students to share their faith Share Jesus without...

February 13, 2017
Church Health

Youth Ministry: Create Clear Vision

Effective ministry to teenagers needs to have direction. Whether you call this a foundation, a vision, or purpose statement, you need to know what your destination is or you’ll never know if you’ve arrived.
February 13, 2017
Church Health

Connect Youth to the Overall Church

A great question for a church to ask is, “How are our students being utilized in the overall structure of the church?” The church is a body, and the teenagers are an integral part of that body. Students need places of service and interaction in order to feel a part of the church as a whole. Research indicates that the more students are involved in intergenerational relationships, the better they “stick” with the church post high school graduation. (See research in Sticky Faith by Kara Powell.) One of the goals for student ministry is to see youth be able to function in a church as they become young adults. To facilitate this, students need experience working alongside and building relationships with adults so that the transition is smoother when they enter young adulthood.
February 13, 2017

Family Holiday Missions

The holidays draw near and people begin to think about their family coming together, exchanging Christmas gifts, or going on a vacation for...

November 4, 2016
Church Health

Tips for Welcoming a New Youth Pastor

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May 17, 2016