Every opportunity that we get to speak to or serve others is an opportunity to heighten and extend our reach to others. Such opportunities equal open season for us to act as extensions of God’s grace and love, even His forgiveness and mercy. We could serve as instruments in the Master’s hands. We could simply reach someone else for Christ.
I say no to that.
It is not that simple. We have to expand our evangelism. We have to maximize our missions. We have to increase our impact.
Look in Acts. Barnabas mentored and partnered with Paul. They took John Mark along with them on their missionary journey. Later, Paul and Silas took along Timothy. Somewhere in there, Luke his way into the text, too.
What do I mean?
Add an element of engagement to your ministry. Engage youth in a mentoring and training program, even rites of passage. Prepare youth for college withal rigorous teaching based on sound biblical principles and include a summer intensive tied to. community outreach and service. Mandate scholarship recipients serve as summer interns with vacation Bible school or other church ministries, even working with the church administration.
Read Titus chapter 2 again. It’s about how we engage youth through our churches and communities. We, the pastor, the men, and the women, are to serve as a “pattern of good works.” We need to engage others in every effort that we make.