God called me with three mandates. One of them was to: “Give Youths a sense of purpose and achievement.” As at the time of this writing, I have been involved in Teens and Youths ministry for thirty three (33) years.
I started out in 1982 as Assistant Secretary/ Librarian, Student Christian Movement (SCM) University of Nigeria, Enugu campus. I set up fellowship library during my tenure. I served as State General Secretary Nigerian Christian Coppers Fellowship (NCCF) Niger State. I preached my first open air crusade as a Youth Corper in 1984.
I was appointed as a Youth Pastor in First Baptist Church after my service year. When I later joined Foursquare Gospel Church, Shomolu in 1986, I served variously as Membership Chairman, Organizing Secretary, Vice President, and President, of the 2000 strong church.
The assignment that got me into the main stream of teens and youth work was when I was appointed President, Agape Conference International. This conference has played host to thousands of Teens and Youths annually since 1984, attracting participants from about 400 churches representing 203 denominations from 33 states of Nigeria. It has been my privilege to preside over this conference since 1987 till date.
I have been pastoring youth oriented churches for over two decades and currently serving as District Overseer. Teens and Youth ministry has remained my major focus. 80% of our present 1,000 strong congregations are under 30 years old.
I wrote this book to document my over thirty years practical experience in teens and youths ministry. It is my conviction that it is much easier and cheaper to prepare young people than to repair old adults.
This book, 101 Ways To Attract, Retain And Train Youths And Teens In Your Church, will prevent you from making the mistakes that are common with youth leaders. The book comes handy as a mentorship manual. Read it chapter by chapter in leadership group discussions.
I have lived with these materials for over 30 years. The sources that I consulted are highlighted in bibliography section. Other sources that I could not trace, bear with me till the next edition.