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Sometimes youth just need someone [VIL[OLYL[VZ\WWVY[[OLT6[OLY times they need someone to admonish them in a loving way. In order for this to be effective, the young people need to feel that you are correcting them because you truly care. It takes time to build this kind of relationship. Another part of discipleship is teaching youth to be disciple-makers

themselves, and giving them opportunities to guide their peers who are not as spiritually mature as they are. This kind of trust not only strengthens relationships between leader and youth, but also helps to strengthen spiritual bonds between young people. This is also why it is important to keep older youth involved with younger kids at their church. The younger ones feel like they have big brothers and

sisters in Christ, and the older ones experience the responsibility and joy of helping their younger siblings in Christ. These principles—focusing on evangelism, teaching, and discipleship—are what have helped me in my ministry, and I hope they might also help other Christian leaders in Northwest Indiana.

RELATIONSHIP TO HOUSEHOLDER FOR CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS IN HOUSEHOLDS

UNITED STATES

INDIANA

LAKE COUNTY

TOTAL

73,878,478

1,580,850

130,176

Parent

65,833,781

1,424,799

114,249

Grandparent

4,858,444

91,529

10,762

Other Relatives

1,880,950

28,243

3,522

Foster Parent or Unrelated Caregiver

1,305,303

36,279

1,643

[US Census Bureau, Relationship to Householder for Children Under 18 Years in Households (2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates).]

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 #}2WX[SaT]H^dcW

Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana  

This book is meant to stir your hearts for our community and help you see Northwest Indiana through the lens of Jesus – a place he dearly lo...

Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana  

This book is meant to stir your hearts for our community and help you see Northwest Indiana through the lens of Jesus – a place he dearly lo...

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