Will You Come and Follow Me? Engaging High School Youth in Discipleship

Maria Scherer

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Theological Studies.


Jesus’s command: “go make disciples,” resonates during this historically liminal time. Discipleship is not new. Intentional discipleship is “ever ancient,” found in Hebrew and Christian Scriptures and “ever new,” as programs adjust to “make disciples,” of today’s high school youth. Today’s teens are different from previous generations. By understanding their cognitive, social, moral, and faith developments a comprehensive picture can be formed. Identifying the forces enticing teens from discipleship is crucial in forming followers of Christ. This paper explores the importance of relationship, accompaniment and evangelization using Koinonia, Kerygma, Worship and Diakonia experiences, to provide a wholistic intentional discipleship foundation.