After the Altar Call | Youth Specialties | All about youth ministry..

Posted: December 5, 2012 by ignitecd in Uncategorized

After the Altar Call | Youth Specialties | All about youth ministry..

After the Altar Call



The youth leader just finished giving a powerful message about the necessity of teenagers turning from their sin and following Jesus. As the altar call is given, several students in the audience are compelled to act on the invitation.     

But too many times, at this crucial point, perfectly normal worship services turn into The Phantom of the Opera.

Making Mistakes

For the last 15 years, I’ve traveled the country speaking at churches, camps, and other events. Because I’m an evangelist at heart, I’ve shared the Gospel in just about every situation imaginable, with just about every type of crowd imaginable. Nothing amps me up like seeing young people respond to God during an altar call and commit their lives to following Jesus.

Consequently, there is nothing more frustrating to me than seeing one of those students fall between the cracks at such a pivotal moment because of missed opportunities and careless mistakes.

Unfortunately, there are many potential mistakes that can ruin an altar call and negatively affect a teenager’s decision to follow Christ. And though all of us have made these errors from time to time, the good news is, we don’t have to ever again! Here are the seven biggest mistakes youth ministry leaders make during altar calls…and a few simple ways to correct them.

Mistake #1: Let students stay in their seats.

I know this is going to sound old fashioned, but the first way to ruin an altar call is to let students remain in their seats during the time of commitment. Sure, we might ask them to “pray in their seats,” but what we’re really doing is allowing them to remain anonymous. If we don’t make them move, we can’t counsel them, pray with them, or follow up with them.

That’s not good.

Looking at Scripture,



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