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The ubiquity and onslaught of information and competing worldviews, as well as a greater resistance to the gospel among their peers make it harder for young people to find meaning in a complex culture.
But the good news is that the research we conducted for Youth Specialties and Youth Works points to a strong correlation between good, integrated youth ministry and staying active in church.
Please do not be offended by that, but the odds are slim to none that a relationship in middle school and high school will continue. More often, I see relationships built in student ministry, and then a result is horrible and ugly break ups that affect the friendships, cause drama and, in a lot of cases, tend to be uncomfortable for other students surrounding these dating issues.
In youth ministry we’ve begun to notice that two things occur as our youth programs become increasingly self-sustaining and disconnected: the adults in our congregation feel left out, uninformed and unappreciated, and the teenagers in our groups fail to become a part of the larger church family as God intends.
One way we’ve begun to create more intergenerational connection is by regularly hosting what we call a “Ministry Mixer,” an event to bring together our youth ministry with the various adult ministries of our larger church family.
When asked what has helped their faith grow, “church” does not make even the top 10 factors.
Young Americans are attempting to learn faithfulness in a rapidly changing post-Christian culture where they are rethinking the institutions—like church—that arbitrate life.
If you are a student pastor or a leader in a youth group, you probably have been faced with this concept and question in your mind at some point.
If you are a student reading this post, you probably have been faced with the frustration of the rules that a youth pastor or leader put on you for dating. It is not up to you to tell students that they cannot date someone of the opposite sex.