If we want more than three out of ten students to have a real commitment to faith after high school graduation, how can we encourage them to be truly invested in the church and THE Cause of Christ right now? Should we provide more fun games, all-nighter events, and a cooler youth room? Do we give more compelling sermons, or start wearing skinny jeans to better relate to the younger generation? However, at the end of the day, if the focus of youth ministry shifts to giving students a good time while we neglect to give them opportunities to own their faith, students will only get a fun experience and not a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. At Dare 2 Share, we believe the best way to get students to go all in for THE Cause is encouraging them to share their faith and experience the power of evangelism for themselves. Lead THE Cause is an intensive one-week gospel training and urban mission trip designed to help students become disciples who make disciples.
Facts, Faith, Feelings. Lesson 3 in "Timely Topics for Teens"
Sticky faith: What keeps kids connected to church?
Among catechists and parents familiar with the program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is consistently ranked one of the most effective ways to help children develop a deep, personal relationship with God. Montessori runs on a cycle of introducing an idea to the child, then letting the child "play with" the idea. With little kids, we use hands-on activities. First upgrade: As their abstract reasoning grows, teens become able to play directly with the ideas themselves — indeed getting chances to play with ideas are the way that teens grow their reasoning skills. Second upgrade: Teens are young adults able to do adult things.
6 Myths about Teens & Christian Faith in America
The odds are that if you have young children, you are excited about the possibility of sharing faith with them as they grow up. Odds are that if you have teens instead of young children. The fact is that teens naturally begin to separate from their parents in their teen years. It is a normal part of growing up.
In the original article below, Dean expands on these ideas, clarifies others, and explains just how American teens are practicing their Christian faith. Have you heard this one? Mom is angling to get year-old Tony to come to church on Sunday, and Tony will have none of it. I am not like you! The church is full of hypocrites!