What is Follow-up?
Follow-up refers to the discipleship process in a student's life after he or she makes a
decision for Christ.
As youth workers, we should be making a long term commitment to a life not just a short
term sales pitch. Most students value relationships. No one wants to be your project ...
but they do want to be your friend.
When it comes to Evangelism, many people think that we can share 4 LAWS with them and walk
away. But Jesus asked us to go and make "Disciples" not "Decisions." Evangelism includes
RESPONSIBLE NEWBORN CARE. And new Christians should be the VIP's of the church because,
regardless of what your priorities are, Satan believes in immediate follow-up.
Something to think about
1. When do we begin the follow up process?
As we start our ministry, we need to begin with the end in mind. We need to think about what
our end goal is for this student. Do we want them to just hear the Gospel? Or would we like to
see their life changed and them fellowshipping in the church?
2. Who should be involved in the follow up process?
Do you have people involved in your ministry who want to disciple students? Are they involved
in your ministry right now? Do students know who they are? You might want to involve these
people in the ministry in some way so the hand off to discipleship isn't culture shock.
Immediate Follow up "Must Do's"
- Make sure that new Christians are contacted within 72 hours
- Give them a Bible
- Ask permission to go through follow_up material with them. For example, the book
"Welcome to the Family"
Critical Follow up Stuff!
- The relationship is more important than the material.
- Make sure they understand before you move on.
- Always refer back to the verse
- Demonstrate the assignment that is given and do it with them throughout the week.
- Be interested in more than their relationship to God_ still hang out for fun
- Begin and end in prayer. After the second lesson have them begin in prayer. If they
are comfortable, you can have them do it sooner.
- Set the next meeting time and place before you leave.
The Book "WELCOME TO THE FAMILY"
This book was written by a pastor in California named Leonard Lee. Leonard wrote this book
while he was a youth worker with Youth for Christ in Sacramento. Leonard understood relational
ministry better than anyone I knew. He loved students and cared about the direction they were
headed with their lives. When Leonard used to go on campus, students would literally line up
to talk to the man. He had incredible compassion for youth and he knew how to listen. (Leonard
is a great speaker to book for your camp, event, or retreat -
Click here to see his speaker page
This book was a tool he used with the many students he led to Christ over the years. The
best way to use this book is to go through it a chapter at a time WITH the student. Don't
assign the chapter to a student to do on their own. Go through it with them, reading the
questions and drawing the answer out of the student.
You'll find that this book is an incredible discussion starter. And ... it's grounded in the
reading of scripture. So go through each chapter with a student and then assign them the
assignment at the end of the chapter for them to do on their own throughout the week.
If you like this book and would like to order some of the published copies, they are
available for just $2.50 each at Youth for Christ in Sacramento. Call them at (916)
857-0660 to order some, or just download these for FREE. Enjoy!
To download the welcome to the family PDFs. Click on each chapter:
TO DOWNLOAD A FREE VERSION OF ADOBE ACROBAT READER IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT.
YOU WILL NEED IT TO READ THE BOOK.