Gospel Advancing Diagnostic
Your responses to the following 12 questions will help you get a pulse on which one of the “Five Stages” of a Gospel Advancing Ministry best characterizes your youth program right now. Based on your responses, your diagnostic report will help you evaluate the current Gospel Advancing health of your ministry and provide you with helpful next steps and resource recommendations.
Gospel Advancing Ministry STAGES Assessment
1. On average, how often do you engage in relational evangelism (verbally sharing the gospel with someone you know) outside of youth group meetings?
About once a month
About once a week
A couple of times a year
I can’t remember the last time I shared the gospel personally
2. How often do you carve out time to pray for your students outside of youth group meeting?
When I think of it
Multiple times a week
Once a week
When I’m asked to pray
3. Have you prayerfully identified a clearly defined, bold, gospel advancing vision for your ministry?
It’s not really a priority right now
Yes, I have a clear, bold, written vision statement for the year
I am in the process of identifying this vision
4. If you have a bold vision identified, how many of your leaders are on board?
Most of my adult leaders are on board and a few students are getting it too
I feel like I’m nearly alone in this
I don’t have a bold vision
A few key leaders are excited about the vision, but it’ll be a long road
All of them are ALL IN and we are killin’ it
About half see the vision, it’s a struggle, but it’s worth it
5. How much time in your youth ministry program is designated for intercessory prayer (prayer for the lost to get saved and Christians to get sanctified)?
There are a few times a year that intercessory prayer is highlighted.
Every couple of weeks we do something that incorporates intercessory prayer
This doesn’t really happen
Intercessory prayer only really happens at the leadership level
It is a significant part of our program every week
6. Is there time in your youth ministry programming dedicated to motivating and equipping students for relational evangelism?
Every couple of weeks we do something that incorporates relational evangelism
Relational evangelism only really happens at the leadership level
There are a few times a year that relational evangelism is highlighted
This doesn’t really happen
It is part of our program every week
7. How many of your students could clearly articulate the gospel message to someone who was not a Christian?
About half of our Christian students
Just about every one of our Christian students
8. If you have a bold vision, does your annual calendar push the ministry towards the vision?
I’ve begun making some key strategic changes to the program
I know what needs to change, but it’ll take some time to get things changed
Everything we do in the ministry is filtered through our gospel advancing vision
We don’t have a clearly stated vision for the ministry that includes gospel impact
9. How many of your students came to Christ as a direct result of your ministry or someone in your ministry?
A small handful
Maybe one or two
The number is always growing
Well over 20% of our group
10. Are your leaders discipling teens?
I don’t have any leaders
Nearly every leader is discipling a student
Leaders see themselves as chaperones
A solid core have begun this process
This is an expectation to be a youth leader and it’s gaining a lot of momentum
Most are discipling a student, and most of the rest want to
11. How many of your students are discipling a friend that they led to the Lord?
At least half of our group
I can’t think of anyone
A small, solid core
There might be a couple of students
More than 75% of our group
12. Which Gospel Advancing Stage do you believe your ministry is in?
Stage 1 – You are personally, consistently sharing your faith, have prioritized intercessory prayer, and have developed a bold Gospel Advancing vision for your ministry.
Stage 2 – Your leadership team has adopted the Gospel Advancing vision and your leaders are modeling intercessory prayer and relational evangelism. You’ve introduced strategic programming adjustments.
Stage 3 – Your ministry has integrated the Gospel Advancing philosophy. The student leadership team feels ownership for the vision. At least thirty percent of teens are trained to share their faith.
Stage 4 – The student leadership team is modeling intercessory prayer and relational evangelism and up to 10 percent of your group are new believers. About 20 percent of Christian teens are actively sharing their faith.
Stage 5 – More than 10 percent of your group are new believers. More than 20 percent of Christian teens
are actively sharing their faith. You are beginning to talk to other youth leaders about Gospel Advancing Ministry
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