Not 'Hi, let's be cute together' questions, such as one article seems to want, but customer questions, tyre kicker questions, performance questions.
After all, you are the customer for a service to assist the spiritual formation, Christian and natural maturity of your child, and their spiritual resilience as they step into Uni or a job and start to socialize outside Christian circles.
Questions I have for the youth ministry team:
- what do you do to guide and foster the young person's (YP) spiritual formation?
- how do you encourage leadership participation and development for YP?
- what personal development for YP through volunteering in the community or church does the youth work support or promote?
- what are your targets for the YP for biblical and theological knowledge, and gospel conversation after 1, 2 and 3 years in the youth group, or to have by the end of year 12 at high school -- that is, prep for Uni or work?
- what development opportunities do you give YP on committees, working groups, in conducting Bible study discussions, giving short talks, engaging in debates, etc?
- what development opportunities do you give YP in assisting organise and conduct youth ministry activities, or wider church activities?
- what church contribution do you train and coach YP for, e.g. music group, Bible reading, prayer, congregational committees, mission groups, etc?
- what do you do to give YP a robust 'structure' of Christian faith?
- do you have special interest groups for, e.g. Bible software, theology, church history, apologetics, Christian books?
- how do you introduce YP to apologetics, conversations with their non-Christian peers and conversations with older people (e.g. university lecturers), including developing answers to questions such as 'why are you a Christian', 'why do you read the Bible', 'why do you go to church'?
- how do you equip YP to handle common trip-ups for Christian faith, such as the theory of Evolution, New-Age movement, Social-gospel (that influenced by Critical Theory), the 'Problem of Evil', the exclusivity of Christ, and the sexualisation of modern culture?
- what do you do to promote leadership in outside community groups (as a way of extending Christian influence in the community), or in structured para-church organisations?