Insyder: Chadwick Craft
Youth Pastor Name: Chadwick Craft
Youth Group Name: The Crowd
Church Name: First Pentecostal Church of Jackson
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
InsideOut: How many people do you have?
Chadwick Craft: 96
IO: Average age?
IO: What do you think is THE coolest event you guys have put together for the Youth?
CC: Geez; I don’t know! Jackson’s Back to School Thing (huge annual event). Friends’ Nights (youth revival every two months). We still wear everyone out with Lock-Ins.
IO: What do you do for outreach?
CC:Knock doors, hand out invite cards, go to malls in groups, canvas neighborhoods, pray at schools
IO: What is your youth group’s claim to fame? (If you’re going to brag on your youth group, you’re going to say…?)
CC: Our weekly prayer meetings on Tuesday nights are our driving force; they are amazingly intense, we never miss a Tuesday!
IO: What do you do to retain those that join your youth group? Bible Studies? Small groups?
CC: Bible Studies, guest Follow-Up (letters, cookies, harassing phone calls, text messages)
IO: Do you guys do Crowd breakers or is that a thing of the past? If not, what has filled the place of crowd breakers?
CC: We periodically (once a month) do a PowerPoint-based game or something like it.
IO: Do you meet on the same night as the midweek service for the whole church?
CC: Yes, Wednesday nights.
IO: What style of music does your Youth Group like? (Contemporary, Rock, Punk etc.?)
CC: Gospel, Contemporary
IO: If you could narrow it down to ONE song, what would be the Youth Group’s “Anthem” or favorite?
CC: Here in Your Presence
IO: Do you have a worship band? What style do they play
CC: Yes, Modern Worship
IO: Is the emphasis in your youth services more outreach-driven (pushing for young people to get the Holy Ghost)? Or more discipleship-driven (ministering/developing/maintaining those already a part of your Youth Group)?
CC: Comfortable balance of both
IO: Do you have a prayer meeting for the Youth?
IO: How many youth staff members do you have?
IO: As a Youth Pastor, what is your vision for your Youth/Student Ministry?
CC: Our focus is two-fold: To Worship and To Witness (i.e. ‘it’s not about us; it’s about Him, and it’s about ‘Them’).