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SAGU professor publishes articlesWaxahachie, Texas — February 28, 2013 — The Assemblies of God National Youth Department Momentum Magazine recently published two articles by Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor Garland Owensby.

In "Discipleship 101," Owensby asserts that the most effective way to maintain accountability and create discipleship among young people is to meet them in "the real world where they live." He admits that the largest hurdle in having a successful youth ministry is when students and parents have other priorities over spiritual development.

To solve this issue, Owensby suggests using social networking sites to promote youth group activities and building a core of student leaders. He also suggests that youth pastors ought to meet the students during a time that is convenient for them.

Click here to read the article.

"Yearly Ministry Planning" provides a guide for organizing and planning youth activities and speaking events. Owensby says, "Youth pastors often say to their students that God has a plan for their lives, yet many struggle to think more than a week in advance."

Owensby's list includes personal goals, addresses ministry goals, calendar planning, preaching calendars, Sunday school/Christian education/discipleship, and small groups.

Click here to view the worksheet. 

For more information on Garland Owensby, visit

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