Last summer on Mission Trip, we were at the Wings of Life, an alcohol and drug rehab in Mobile. When we finished our program, a lady came to me and said she had been there for six weeks and had seen several youth groups. She said, “Your group was different. The adults in other youth groups did most of the ministry or they were constantly telling youth what to do. Your youth did it all and I saw the younger youth looking to the older youth for direction.” I was thankful she noticed. Several years ago I made the decision to move from a traditional youth ministry to a missionary ministry. Traditional youth ministry is youth sitting in a room with adults talking, and adults planning fun activities for youth. Youth are not given any responsibility. Everything is planned for them. This tends to be an entertainment-based ministry where Youth have no ownership in the group. It is the Adults’ group. Our ministry gives youth responsibilities and leadership opportunities. I believe faith will never become real until we put it into practice. Our seniors (12th graders) plan and shape the direction of the ministry. They are responsible for much of our ministries and activities. They lead our drama ministry and youth night services. Our older youth plan and lead worship music on Wednesday nights and on trips and retreats. I find it amazing to see what youth can do when adults will let them! I want to see God working in the hearts of our youth to give them ideas for ministries they could lead. Our ultimate goal is to have a Jesus-centered youth ministry. Five times in scripture, Jesus said to believe in Him, 20 times He said to follow Him. We want our youth to have more than knowledge. We want to encourage them to follow Jesus. To know him intimately.