An effective youth ministry can help teenagers deal with these challenges now and prepare them to be victorious both now and later. But it would be a shame if our teenagers graduated from high school and were catapulted into without every opportunity to know, live, share and own their faith.
Skilled youth leaders can take questioning teens back to God's Word as the source of authority and help them process through all of the Biblical truth you are praying they grasp, believe and live out.
It's tempting to think, Believe me when I say, I understand the temptation.
As a parent of a teenager (who has tons of homework, plays football and is not yet old enough to drive) my wife and I are constantly under pressure to measure every event through the lenses of what matters most.
When Jesus challenged his most-likely teenaged disciples to he was tapping into the activist wiring of these young men.
In the same way your teenager needs challenged with the mission to reach their peers with the good news of Jesus in a loving and contagious way.