Dear Friends of the Younger Generation,
“A blueprint for the Great Commission in Arkansas”
– Rodney Welsh, Youth Pastor in Heber Springs, Arkansas
What did Rodney mean by his statement? Let’s find out by following six spiritual generations deeply transformed by Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry (JFYM)–Shira, Olivia, Carrie, Rodney, Dustin and Eric.
We begin with Shira, a sophomore, who began a relationship with Jesus in 2008 through her friend Olivia who then discipled her. Both graduate this year and want to become missionaries. Before this, Carrie Welsh started a discipleship group for Olivia and four others. They learned how to communicate their faith to friends like Shira. Carrie was equipped to disciple students in a leadership team led by her husband, Rodney Welsh. Rodney took them through “the slow, but very rewarding process of making disciples” after attending a JFYM Forum in 2007. He heard Dustin Sams speak about it in 2006 and was drawn to “thinking about ministry that lined up with the way Jesus did ministry.”
Dustin Sams, youth pastor in Stuttgart, Arkansas, has implemented JFYM for seven years and is one of Reach Out’s Eagle Leaders. Dustin comments: “After hearing Barry speak, I started my first discipleship group with five guys. Four of the five now attend Ouachita University, preparing for ministry. . . . We have seen tremendous numerical and spiritual growth. . . . So many of our students are now going into ministry themselves.”
Before Arkansas, as a youth pastor in Florida, Dustin shared that he had one dad whose daughters were in his youth group “invest in me with no strings attached, just a desire to see me succeed in ministry, my family and my faith. I was an event-to-event style youth pastor and headed towards burn-out. But Eric Ball taught me about JFYM and literally kept me from burning out.” Eric serves as Reach Out’s International Director.
These discipling and mentoring relationships vividly illustrate “the blueprint.”
This blueprint of spiritual multiplication in Arkansas repeats itself through…
Matt Rothacher Bill Newton Donnie Burrows Dave McClung Randy Brantley
John Cowling Lynn Riley Mark Simmons Grant Medford Dustin Sams Rodney Welsh
We believe the blueprint of the present and future will exceed the past!
Last week Roger Palmer, Reach Out’s National Director, introduced Jesus’ model for ministry to 75 Arkansas youth leaders at our one-day JFYM Forum. John Caddy, our current leader in Arkansas, has plans for the Eagle Leaders to equip youth leaders in 35 areas of the state.
Every church in Arkansas will have the opportunity to implement Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry so that kids like Shira and Olivia will come to know Christ and be discipled by a caring adult like Carrie!
We need you to partner with us! Your investment of prayers and money will yield more of this kind of multiplied spiritual return in the days ahead!
Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry
Through applying this newly expanded resource, God will produce life-change and life-changers through you. Details to be emailed soon! Go to www.reach-out.org for more information.
Jesus is Lord,
PO Box 870141
Stone Mountain, GA 30087