Deep & Wide Youth Ministry is not a gimmick or a method.Deep-and-Wide It is not based on the shifting sands of the next new thing. No, it is rooted in the final command of Jesus to his first followers. It is in force until "the end of the age."

Like Purpose Driven Youth Ministry, the principles of Deep & Wide Youth Ministry are firmly rooted in Biblical truth. They are self-evident and non-negotiable. While the five purposes bring stability and balance to a youth group, the Great Commission (AKA Deep & Wide) brings direction and focus.

You've probably heard some ministries described as "a mile wide and an inch deep." On the flip side you've most likely encountered a youth group that dug deep into the Word of God with their teenagers, but was not very effective when it came to reaching out to the lost. Many youth leaders may dismiss this dichotomy between these two kinds of youth ministry approaches as merely stylistic.

But Jesus grants no such reprieve to youth leaders. His last and lasting mandate to his followers was, "Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19).

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