Young Disciples is the campus ministry that is dedicated to increasing concern for the world through awareness, action, and prayer. The goal of YD is to increase awareness of the worldwide body of believers and of the world's physical and spiritual needs; equip students to act on this awareness through everyday choices, involvement in programs and missions experience in America and abroad; and to pray earnestly for the persecuted church and specific situations worldwide. Through all different and inspired ideas that are fuelled by the pioneering spirit, our ministries have grown at incredible rates and tried innovative things. Find out more about how our different ministries help make the dream of God a reality.
A witness has a very crucial role within the history of God. Therefore, we need to understand what being a witness represents. A witness, before, was someone that was able to testify to the miraculous acts in the bible. Although, nowadays, a witness is someone who can testify to the love that God has shown through His truth, mercy, and grace. Furthermore, on a deeper level, a witness is someone that has received the grace, fully, and wishes to share that grace with others.
Regardless of who we are, being a witness to Christ is vital in supporting the commission that God has appointed us to. We must witness in every circumstance of our lives, both publicly and privately, in every atmosphere always holding true to the model of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The mission of YD brings us to the college campuses of the world. A college can be defined as an institution bringing the world's brightest minds to test their areas of knowledge within this world and granting them degrees for their achievements, but within this environment the value of God's knowledge decreases. To be a witness on campus is to share our knowledge of Christ and to show the significance of His word. More importantly, we, as witnesses take part in something larger than people can imagine, and so should represent the value of who we are.
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Mt 28:18-19 (NIV)
The goal of evangelism is clearly stated, "…make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." However, at times, we need to remind ourselves why we train and why we evangelize. If we look at the experiences that are acquired from evangelism we can see that it helps us in furthering the dream of God. It is of the utmost importance that we are strong and sturdy to our faith yet exhibiting absolute humility. Also, we must know that with each time we evangelize, the closer we get to His kingdom being fulfilled.
The basics on how to evangelize are simply as followed:
- Hold on to grace that God has given you.
- Remember the purpose of why you're evangelizing and view this from a wider angle.
- Pray to God before and after you evangelize
- Don't forget your spiritual confidence (see Eph 6:10 -20)
- Hold on to this opportunity and then go out the next time with a stronger and more humble heart
The theology of missionary work is based in the scriptures from the beginning to the end. This is the revelation of the very nature of God and the Bible and part of the progression of the history of salvation. This is the record of human history for God's eternal purpose which brings him glory.
Young Disciples has a history of sending missionaries to various corners of the world from participating nations. By sending the missionaries, our goal is to establish presence within a nation and raise native student leaders to take charge of their own national campuses. We recruit missionary from within local fellowship branches or local universities and dispatch them for both short term and long term missions.
For every missionary who is dispatched, the field administration would ensure the proper training and readiness were provided and mobilize financial and spiritual support for the mission. Also, making certain that proper communication can be kept from field to administration is a crucial element of the dispatch.
To college students or ones who has an occupation restricted to a certain area who has interest in going on short-term missions, Young Disciples offers opportunities in various nations for mission work from a period of 6 months to 3 year. The types of mission programs in this area includes summer programs for students, short-term programs fro retirees, professionals, and other skilled persons that can take time out of their normal routine.
Many young people have first sensed their calling in missionary vocation by entering such program. Some have verified the direction of their lives. Through the experience, a new understanding of missions was gained and the new vision of mission gives a new perspective to their lives.
The policy of Young Disciples on missionary dispatch is the three-self policy: self-governing, self-propagating, and self-supporting. The mindset that is set to each region of mission financially is the principle of tent-making. Apostle Paul, when he went on wondering missions evangelizing in the areas of Macedonia and Minor Asia, took the initiative of using his profession as a tool for financing his ministry. Each mission field works on its own accord without dependency. The native leadership and missions are trained with the same approach.
To maintain proper communication and report among mission fields across the world, the international and regional administrations have developed advanced global networking through the effective use of information technology.
Through technology, reports on mission progress and communications are conduct on a standard basis to ensure the accountability of each mission field and to provide higher standard of service to certain fields when needed.
The network is managed and moderated by a team to bring the fastest update and mission reports across the world. Effective and clear directives to mission work are essential in building a direct relationship and goals of each mission to the same vision.
With the core emphasis on Bible study, a large group meeting is a great place to enjoy a time of praises, sermons, and fellowship.
Meeting on a regular basis is the key in the development of a group identity and a common vision. Furthermore, when we worship together, the spiritual atmosphere is different from that of an individual's quiet time – we can experience a very strong presence of God. It is also a chance to break bread and testify among one another of God's goodness.
Small groups are interactive, personal approaches to studying the Bible. Being small in size can create an intimate environment that unites and draws us closer because more attention is given to each individual. An designated leader will give short lectures and those in the group are free to express opinions and remarks.
As Jesus raised disciples from the outset of his ministry, we also pray that God may raise many disciples of Jesus Christ through our small groups.
Retreat / Conferences
Young Disciples of Jesus organizes several retreats and student conferences throughout the school year. These gatherings can range from one day to several weeks. Students who attend these events experience more intensive training on how to walk daily with the Lord and separation from the worries and temptations of the world, helping them to focus on nurturing their faith.
These events can also include group activities that help build a comfortable environment where students can open their hearts, freely share their joy and troubles to one another, and develop their faith through receiving encouragements or listen to sermons.
One-to-One Bible Study
Meeting up with another Christian for one-to-one bible study is a brilliant way to help us grow in our personal relationships with God. We hope to provide individuals with a counseling atmosphere where questions, including personal ones, can be raised without difficulty. One-to-one bible study is also a chance for growing Christians to explore the bible hands-on with someone who is more spiritually mature. If the individual is willing, the bible study teacher can hold him/her accountable for things like praying and reading the bible to get to know God better.
Group Bible Study
Bible studies are also given to groups from small to large scale gatherings. Compared to one-to-one Bible studies, these studies are less intensive and stimulate learning through passive methods such as fellowship and sharing of faith among peers. Normally a small lecture will be given and questions are asked afterwards to help instill learning into the memory.
Beyond attending the regular study course offered by Young Disciples of Jesus, YD also offer training to students with self-study courses that teach the basics such as writing reflections, reading the Bible daily, and how to spend your quiet time with God. Every student is encouraged to build a good habit of constantly improving his or her relationship with God.
Young Disciples of Jesus is concerned about God's vision for His campuses and the development of leadership. We believe that it is the ministry's responsibility to train and develop young students in faith to bear the Lord's vision and to lead his believers and direct those who do not believe to salvation.
Faith does not end in discipleship. As Jesus told disciple Peter to feed his sheep, we believe that the utmost goal for each believing student is to support those in need of his gospel.
We believe that a leader is molded by trials of fire and difficulties. Therefore we constantly encourage students to uphold the gospel of Jesus Christ and have a heart for the discontent and the ones who are suffering today without Him, and to take on a greater responsibility that God is calling them for.
Each year, YD holds numerous seminars and mission conferences to train new leaders to take on the task from teaching Bible studies to leading a ministry chapter. Also, we provide opportunities for students to gain field experiences in missions and chances to practice their faith. Our goal as campus ministry is to share God's calling for students on campus and the vision to partake in the building of His kingdom.
Once a month, Young Disciples of Jesus would gather its leaders from each nation and arrange multiple workshops and seminars led by experienced leadership to teach younger leadership methods of the ministry.
The seminars feature scenarios such as what you would face during evangelism, or when you are counseling a student on Biblical questions or problems of personal faith with God. The ministry will determine what topics would most benefit the development of the younger leadership according to the culture of the region.
Young Disciples of Jesus International Conferences are held about 3 times a year and members who participate in this significant event include missionaries and leaders from all over the world such as Southeast Asia, Europe and America . The reason believers are willing to travel from faraway places to attend the International Conference is because it is truly an important gathering for we who are co-working together for His kingdom. Although we come from different places where everything from culture to lifestyle of people differs, yet our mission is ultimately the same because we serve the same God. It is also said in the word of God.
"I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought." ( 1 Corinthians 1:10)
International Conferences are held in the purpose that we as co-workers can come before God together to worship and have fellowship with Him. It is our spiritual encounter with Father God. During the conference, representative(s) from each country would also present mission reports on their respective countries. Presentation content typically includes mission history, mission progress and mission goals in their particular country.
Web Management & Internet Networking
In today's society, the Internet has become an essential tool of communication and in mission prospective, a gift which the Lord has bestowed upon his servants to facilitate the proclamation of His kingdom. Especially among the college generation, the use Internet & computing technologies have become sporadic. By providing the latest evangelical resources and campus fellowship focuses, Young Disciples of Jesus hopes to draw the attention of the believing students of today to find a purpose in the great will of the Lord's mission to the unreached.
Our information technology team makes its contribution through the maintenance of the public portals and intranets for communications among mission field. The team consists of designers, programmers, and server experts which are essential parts of the mobilizing unit to rally support for missions abroad and serving every mission field worldwide.
Prayer for World Missions
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave a charge to all His disciples to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth until He would return the second time. With those words, He left the earth and entrusted the work of spreading the Gospel to His disciples and to all who would obey Him.
As Young Disciples of Jesus, we wish to be the ones to obey this great commission given by God to us. We believe that the work of the church is not primarily self-preservation; we believe that the Lord has called us to share the good news of the Gospel to every nation, tribe and tongue. Truly, it is by grace that we are given this chance to go to all the ends of the earth to witness the love of the Lord that has been given to us so unconditionally. We hope to hold on to our callings well as one body in Christ.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem , and in all Judea and Samaria , and to the ends of the earth."
It is not by might, nor by power, but it is by the power of the Spirit of God that we are missionaries who carry the responsibility to spread the gospel to all corners of the earth. Therefore, the spirit-filled missionaries of our ministry aim to ignite the same passion and fire within the hearts of souls that are longing for the truth of life. With each step we take, we are following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, making sure that we are walking in the will of the Lord. Although we make plans and goals, it is ultimately the Lord who directs our path. Whether it is to Jerusalem , Judea or Samaria , it is our willingness to go wherever the Lord leads.
Just like Christ revealed the perfect love of our Father God, we offer our prayers and lower ourselves to serve the will of God so that many lost souls can be found.
Prayer for the Unreached
"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"
How important is it that we preach the word of God to the people in parts of the world where the light has not been? We who have been given the truth of life not by our deeds but by the grace of God are responsible to share the blessings of God with every one including the people that we don't know. Out of the overflowing love of the cross which the Lord has poured in our hearts, Young Disciples of Jesus is convicted to go beyond all boundaries to reach the unreached.
"Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
As the scriptures taught us, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can separate us from the love of God. This also applies to mission obstacles such as language barriers, culture differences, financial difficulties and other obstruction that the enemy has built to block the children of God from returning home. But if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we should continuously pray for the unreached people of the world.
Prayer for Student Campuses
"There are about 3,000 colleges in the United States . There are about 25, 000 around the world. Despite the efforts of so many groups, more than a third of the world's college campuses do not have any contact with full-time Christian workers."
– Patricia Burgin, author of The Powerful Percent
Undoubtedly, the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few. The Bible calls Christians to be aware of the urgency for evangelism. By this teaching, students of the Young Disciples of Jesus are motivated to reach out to student campuses. Our purpose and mission is to share with the students about the eternal water that we've received from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Being the most densely populated place in the community, the student campus is overflowing with young people from different backgrounds who came with the longing to learn something meaningful. How blessed will their lives be if the void in the hearts is filled with the good news of the gospel? We are the ones who have received this gift of life by the grace of God and thus we want to express our gratitude by sharing the same gift with other souls that are hungry for the truth.
Even if there is only one soul who responds to the gospel, it is worth all our efforts in mission because it was Lord Jesus who demonstrated this kind of unconditional love throughout His ministry on earth. As followers and disciples of Jesus, we ought to live our lives according to His ways.
Our prayer is that through missions to student campuses, YD can bring many darkened lives into light.
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Prayer for Student Leaders
1 Timothy 4:12
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."
One of the goals of Young Disciples of Jesus is to raise student leaders and train them to become influential shepherds for His kingdom. The youths of this generation are crucial members of the body of Christ. They will be the ones to make a difference in the mission fields including universities and colleges. Being young at heart and body youths have the capacity to quickly adapt and learn not just the skills required for leadership but they also possess open hearts towards God and His will.
"The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old."
Having the physical strength and energy, every student ought to lead lives like that of Lord Jesus Christ so that other youths can see God through us. Offering our lives as a living testimony to the unbelievers, we want to witness God's love to them through our lifestyle. Speaking edifying words and carrying each other's burdens, we hope to be fruitful in love and multiply. We constantly pray for the building of future leaders and giving glory to the Lord in His mission across the world.
Cultural Evangelism offers evangelism through learning about the Lord through music, dance, history, books, art, and other culturally-related aspects; it is a way for people to be reached in culturally-related environments. This form of evangelism is more casual and indirect. It is a form in which we can share our different cultures and learn from one another within an atmosphere of fellowship.
Sometimes it is also referred to as Praise Night. These events promote a prayerful environment for students to find a closer relationship with the Lord, or in some cases, help them discover the Lord and confess their salvation. Praise band will lead for the most part of the event and guide students to prayer and worship. These events are coordinated regularly; the schedules are different from one campus to another.
For the missionary that are sent on field missions, a network of reporting system is set up to include intrane communications and online newsletter and mission reports that provide each mission field a clear overview of global missions. The network is also utilized as means for mobilizing financial support and prayer for each mission.
The reporter network serves through the collection and timely posting of mission reports around the world. Every missionary, once entering their mission field, are enrolled within the network and are given daily and weekly standards of reporting on mission progress. We believe that unity in the Lord and relationship from mission field to mission field is of utmost importance in maintaining the spiritual health of our missionaries.
The focus of Young Disciples of Jesus is to allow every missionary to have a global perspective and a clear vision of the Great Commission the Lord has endowed upon us. The mission and goal to preach to the ends of the world is always communicated and the common perspective which every mission field keeps their focus to as each works in different global regions.
Journalism team is the channel to which Young Disciples of Jesus communicates to the student public in various universities of the mission works which are conducted. Daily the team updates the online website with most updated news from international missions and the direction of the organization activities. Also, on a monthly basis the journalism team publicizes an online newsletter that gives an overview report on all the mission progressions globally.
Through the publishing from journalism team, Young Disciples of Jesus mobilizes public support and donations for the sending of missionaries to uncharted universities in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ or to regions requiring additional assistance. We believe that the concern of the general Christian public on or off campus and the support through prayer assists our missions through the spiritual workings of the Holy Spirit.