Engaging youth and youth workers in mission and justice is one of the best ways to grow discipleship deep and empathy wide.
The 4E discipleship model works well with youth who are engaging in mission and justice:
ENGAGING WITH JUSTICE:
Young Justice Advocates (YJA) is a grassroots movement for youth, by youth. YJA seeks to deepen discipleship of youth and equip teams to shape their communities in faith-based justice and advocacy. YJA is committed to being co-creators of God's kingdom on earth through how we think, speak, and act. YJA teaches youth and youth workers how to serve locally as faith-based community organizers. YJA's key components are a welcoming environment, the invitation to question, a worship centric approach, opportunities to empower youth voice, and transformational organizing training.
ENGAGING IN MISSION:
Volunteers in Mission (VIM) training prepares youth and youth workers to become Team Leaders and Spiritual Guides for mission journeys. Participants learn how to plan, lead, and follow-up from a mission journey and how to provide spiritual care for the team before, during, and after mission. Youth are invited to become both Team Leaders and Spiritual Guides through VIM Trainings.
Finding mission locations for teams of youth can sometimes be tricky... Here are locations West Ohio recommends.
West Ohio Mission Locations for teams of youth include:
- West Ohio Camps & Retreats (construction projects)
- Church and Community Development for All People (Columbus, OH)
- Common Ground Free Store Ministries (Delaware, OH)
- Westside Free Store (Columbus, OH)