What youth shepherds are called to do:
- Be Examples to the Flock: If we are going to be faithful shepherds we must seek to set a Christ centered example for the students at FCC. We do this by loving the Lord and seeking to serve Him in our own personal lives. (Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 4:16)
- Watch Over the Flock: As youth shepherds we are called to carefully watch over the young sheep that the Lord has entrusted to our care. (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
- Feed the Flock: AS shepherds we are called to feed the young sheep in the FCCSM with the sufficient and life giving Word of God. This can happen at Intersect on Wednesday nights, while counseling a student, etc. (John 21:15-23)
- Care for the Flock: If we look at the example of Christ, shepherding involves loving care. He exemplified this most when He died a sacrificial death in our place (John 10:11, 15). As we shepherd the teens of FCCSM remember to show then that you love and care for them (Acts 20:28).
- Challenge the Flock: There will be times when we are called to lovingly discipline the teens that are under our care. We should do this carefully and prayerfully, but we also need to be faithful in this regard. Faithful shepherding, as the Lord does for us, involves being faithful to discipline and correct the sheep entrusted to us (Proverbs 3:11-12; 2 Samuel 7:14; Hebrews 12:5-7).
The Reason/Wisdom Behind a Youth Shepherd Team
- There is abundance of Christ centered wisdom in Godly counselors. (Proverbs 13:20; 15:22)
- Decisions are made in the context of a team. This removes praise/blame from one individual.
- Mutual accountability. (Matthew 18:15-20)
- A team will have a greater impact than just one person.
- If the Lord ever moves a youth pastor on, the youth ministry will not crumble.