Great youth groups build on the foundation that godly moms and dads have laid.And, for those teenagers who don't have believing parents, an effective youth ministry helps lay a solid foundation of Biblical truth for the rest of a teenager's life.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.At the end of the day, our teenagers embracing and embodying the Christian faith is more important than sports and more important than academics.Often teenagers who struggle with sin and temptation have nowhere to confess and confide. But a healthy youth ministry can create a safe space for teenagers to open up and talk honestly about their struggles.
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.With this as a backdrop here are 5 short, yet powerful, reasons you should encourage (make?) your teenager(s) go to youth group: In an age of bullying, gossip, slander and hatefulness (which can destroy a teenager's self-identity), young people need other young people who can lift them up, encourage them and challenge them in all the right ways.We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.Youth group is a place where teenagers can wrestle through the theology you've been teaching them (you've been teaching them right?Dear Parents of Teenagers, Thanks for all you do to invest in the life of your teenager(s).You probably feel like an uber driver (ready to pick them up/drop them off when they call), coach (helping them perfect their sport), tutor (working with them on homework), guidance counsellor (preparing them for the future) and, sometimes, a jockey (pushing them to cross the finish line...without a whip of course! That's why, with all the insane busyness of parenting a teen, it's easy to let youth group attendance slide off the grid.) As your youth leader continues to build a Gospel Advancing ministry the message of Jesus will advance in them and through them.This process will accelerate the disicpleship process in the life of your teen in ways you could never imagine! We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching.Getting them involved in a healthy, vibrant youth ministry is worth fitting into a crazy, busy schedule.And if it's not quite as healthy as you think it should be then why don't you volunteer and make it better?