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?
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