Snapshot of an EYM Church

At New Colony Baptist Church, Billerica, Massachusetts the work was investment:   “When we talk about what separates us from other community groups – we really focus on mentoring. 11 people are mentors. Kids have mentors assigned to them – to call, write, hang out . We spend lots and lots of time with our students, and they spend lots and lots of time with their friends. Its all about relationships with us – it’s our #1 form of evangelism – we want to love kids, not so that they’ll become Christian but – we give them time to date Jesus. And when they’re ready to marry him, they can. If they decide not to, we still love them and walk with them. My staff are invested – here several nights a week, have the kids over to their houses, etc.  Now people know what we expect from our youth staff. When I came there was no such thing – the staff was used for other things.”

“They’re learning by example,” said a parent. “There are all these adults who invest in them—they hang out with them during the week—out for a coke, out for a movie. They see everybody else doing it more than Sundays so they do it more than Sundays. And they talk about it.”

“Growing ministries with youth takes time—and it takes purpose. We’re committed to the radical transformation of the youth of Middlesex County,” said an adult youth worker. When I look at the size of our church and the percentage of people who are involved and committed to youth ministry – it’s impressive.”  New Colony has done more than establish a fellowship of believers; it has created a congregational youth ministry culture that produces disciples and missionaries.

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; and you show that you are a letter of Christ prepared by us, written not with ink but the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.:  2 Corinthians 3:2-3.

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