Every so often you read a book that brings things into focus with laser-sharp clarity. Alvin Reid’s new youth ministry book, As You Go: Creating a Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered Students, is just such a jewel. It convincingly calls us to empower our students to live and give the missional message of Jesus at a whole new level. If you’re a youth worker, this is a must-read.
Reid, a seminary professor of evangelism and student ministry, compellingly unites three things I’m passionate about—the gospel, evangelism and student ministry—and melds them into a practical, Jesus-focused whole that will transform your youth ministry. He is just the kind of seminary professor which gives me hopes for seminarians. He gets the mission and lives the message in deep and profound ways!
As You Go helps you dissect your goals, attitudes and approaches to ministry. It challenges you to continually drive your ministry back toward the radical, transforming power of Jesus’ gospel message because it’s the gospel that helps your students make sense of everything—every part of their lives.
Reid reminds us that the entertainment-driven, milquetoast, sin management model of youth ministry has consistently led to a graduation evacuation from the Church. What students need is a deep, rich understanding of the gospel story and a rallying call to action for a Cause larger than themselves. And that Cause is the mission and message of Jesus.
Reid unpacks the youth ministry implications of the simple, yet profound, truth that our students are missionaries – not because of where they live, but because they’ve been given a mission by Jesus Himself.
Check out his practical insights for unleashing students to find a God-focused vision for their lives, so they grasp that every single day is an opportunity to be part of God’s mission.
Get it, read it, do it!