If our discipleship of students does not lead to students getting their hands dirty in the lives of other people, we are kidding ourselves about how much discipling we are really doing.

Doing a mission trip to Nicaragua may be a challenge for the typical small church. (Don’t rule it out. No telling what God will do.) But that doesn’t change the fact that our youth ministry has to involve students in ministry. Simple forms of ministry are cool. Collect food for a food bank. Send shoes to a mission in Mexico. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter. But get kids involved in doing the gospel.