Statistics are showing that one area of ministry in the local church that must receive intentional and urgent attention is student ministries. Studies continue to reflect that up to 85% of students leave the foundation of their faith when they leave their youth group and/or enter college or the workplace. This suggests that we must encounter students in an intentional effort to impart faith and provide opportunities for them to live out their faith.
Student ministry programs, events, and meetings should be designed on one basic principle and that is… youth ministry is relational. At the core of student ministry, a relationship with someone who mentors, teaches, or disciples them into maturity, must be intentional. Jesus modeled this through a discipling relationship with 12 men who soaked up ministry while simply doing life together. His plan to save the world was not rooted in teaching the masses from a big stage or amazing people with things never-before-seen. Although Jesus did those things, His plan to offer salvation rested upon those whom He built relationships. Likewise, our student ministry should not be based on events, but rather the relationships formed through the events we offer. It takes people to reach people.
In an effort to further this mission, the Kentucky Student Ministries Team exists to resource, strengthen, and assist in developing healthy student ministries in every local church.