Greater Johnson Baptist Church

 Rev. D.R. Anderson, Pastor
San Diego, CA 92102
619-239-1000


D. R. Anderson, Pastor


If you are interested in purchasing this book,
please send an email of interest to,
or call (619) 239-1000.

See below for excerpts from the book: "Youth In Ministry - A guide to the Development of Youth in the Inner city".




With a grateful heart, I dedicate this book to my mother. Over the years just like Jesus Christ, she sacrificed her life that her 3 little children could have the right to the tree of life.
Table of Contents

1. Introduction.....................................................................1

2. The Youth Leader........................................................2

3. Administrative Structure....................................8

4. Budget for Youth Ministry.................................10

5. Evangelism/Discipleship........................................13

6. How to get youth to come to church...........18


King and Queen Contest 2004


COPYRIGHT c 2004 – D.R. Anderson, all rights reserved
The work in this book may not be reproduced in whole or in part,
By photocopy or any other means, without written permission.


Working with Youth in the Church

One of the most challenging aspects of ministry, far beyond any other ministry or department within the church is working with the Youth. Youth have a very unique personality that one has to explore to find out “who they are” before you can minister to them. Youth are still developing every day of their little lives and so much of their identity is centered on them growing up, where men and women are usually to the point of their God given purpose in life. So as we minister to them we want to place before them things that will help the youth to develop into men and women that this world will admire.

Those who work with youth must know that they are playing a major role in their lives, because youth often remember those who have helped shape their future. Youth are consistently watching how adults walk, talk, dress, and carry themselves in and out of the public. The only role models that youth have are you and I. When Jesus looks down from heaven and evaluates the work that I’ve done with young people all I want to hear him say is, "Well done."

With these unique differences when it comes to ministering to youth, causes the one who desires to minister to them to think things out thoroughly before they can implement a vision or plan to reach them. One way that we have been effective in reaching youth and changing their behavior in our community and getting them to participate in the church has been that we require them to go through a well thought out tried and proven process. A process is the action of continuously going through a succession of acts, events, or developmental stages from beginning to a contemplated end. We have noticed that if you don't put something in front of young people that you want them to discover, that they will discover some things all by themselves. We don't want our youth to discover the wrong thing.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end.”

(Jer. 29:11)

Evaluation of this process should bring the following results

1. Youth actively working in church
2. Kids who turn out right
3. Youth going from poverty to privilege
4. Biblical Education
5. Youth becoming Church leaders, Ministers, and Pastors
6. Highest standards of Christian attitude and character.
7. Role models to young people in and out of the church.
8. Excelling in school; grades and citizenship.
9. Community leaders
10. Good Citizens


Why Youth don’t go to Church

On the “Late Night Show” with David Lettermen, he has what is called the top ten reasons that some things happen. Listed are my Top Ten reasons why young people don’t come to church.

10. Nothing for them to do at church.

9. They believe church is for adults.

8. Youth are not seen as the priority, but seen as the minority.

7. Financial shortfalls (no money)

6. Don’t know their role as a Youth

5. Pastor brags and promotes adults, and rarely talks about Youth.

4. Parents want bring them to church.

3. Church is boring to them.

2. Drugs/alcohol

1. No Youth Ministry

D.R.Anderson, Pastor


If you are interested in purchasing this book,
please send an email of interest to,
or call (619) 239-1000.

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