We believe our nation is in desperate need of significant spiritual renewal. The chorus of those calling the American church to humility, prayer and repentance has grown in recent years, and the roar of their corporate prophetic voice is increasingly difficult to ignore. In response, 15 leaders convened on May 7 for a 21-hour Youth Ministry Prayer Consultation. The theme for our gathering: 2 Chronicles 20:12: "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." We agreed that current strategies and methodologies, are insufficient for the task at hand--the fulfillment of the Great Commission among the emerging generations. To adjust our current approach we must discover what is on God's heart so that we may join Him in His mission.
From our Prayer Consultation these shared convictions emerged:
--Youth ministry must restore the supremacy of Christ and the fullness of His finished work on the Cross.
--Youth ministry must proclaim and incarnate the whole gospel of the Kingdom to a wounded, fatherless generation desperate for healing, deliverance, forgiveness, and Kingdom life now and in eternity.
--Prayer is the primary strategy God has given us for fulfilling the Great Commission.
--As youth leaders and ministries reaffirm the supremacy of Christ, embrace a whole gospel message, incarnate a crucified life, and pray as never before, then unity, disciple-making and progress toward our goal of reaching the emerging generations will greatly accelerate.