YDisciple is a tool to multiply small group discipleship with teens in any parish. YDisciple's online platform provides everything an adult mentor needs to set up a successful small group for teens. Practical training, video studies, engaging discussion guides, and parent resources combine to create an ideal environment for teens to take ownership of their faith. YDisciple meets the needs of teenagers through a model that is relational, relevant, and parent-driven.
YDisciple focuses on strengthening the key influential relationships in the lives of teenagers: parents, peers, and other caring adults. The best method of meeting the fundamental needs of teenagers is to create an environment where they are known and loved. That environment is a small group of friends, led by caring adult mentors, who trust one another and meet regularly in host homes. This principle is powerfully expressed in St. Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians: “So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:8).
A proven method of helping teenagers own their faith is to introduce content and thought- provoking discussion questions into a small group that has established trust and transparency. A transformative environment is one where testimony and faith sharing is practiced. The faith becomes relevant when teenagers see how it applies to their daily lives and they feel supported in living it.
No one is more motivated to meet the fundamental needs of teens than their parents. Once parents understand the power of small group discipleship, they can take initiative in building a group for their teen. In addition, parents are in the best position to help multiply small groups because of their interactions with other parents. YDisciple is an outreach model of youth ministry that meets teenagers on their own turf, and parents have the greatest access to this turf—the school and the home.