Invest in the Next Generation

November 7, 2011

Last night I led the adult teaching time at Stokelan Drive Christian Church. It was a really cool experience and I feel like it went really well. One thing that most people seemed to enjoy was having the youth involved.

We watched a video clip and then I had the sanctuary split up into smaller groups depending on where they were sitting. Then I had given some of the youth pieces of paper with questions so that they could get the conversations started. The youth were very excited about it and the adults seemed to enjoy it as well.

This is all part of my  secret plot to get the youth more involved in the activities of the church. I suppose it is not quite so secret anymore.

So many youth drop out of church. The numbers are greatest once they hit college age but it happens all of the time. Many times there is not a lot of effort put towards the kids who have fallen out of youth group. They just slide off the radar never to be seen or heard from again.

So what are some things we can do to keep the youth involved? I have a few ideas.

Get them involved. We need to be finding out the kinds of things each kid is interested in. If they enjoy babies, let them help in the nursery once a month (they don’t need to be missing out on the Sunday morning Gathering all the time. Truth is, nobody does). If they are musical, get them involved with the song service. There are so many areas for youth to be involved and often we just don’t think to ask them. Maybe start a Sunday or Wednesday night service by the youth for the youth. This gives them a sense of ownership and they are more likely to stay connected.

Show them you care. The statement is true “They won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Youth today want to feel wanted. They are not dumb. They know when someone is faking it. Genuine care for them is needed. Shoot them a F message, write a letter, send a text or make a phone call. Let them know during the week you were thinking about them. Ask them about events in their lives. Those could be past, present, or future. What do they like or dislike?

Parents must be involved. I dream of a world where all the parents do the spiritual leading for their children. In this world it is the parents who lead their kids in a Bible study and pray with their children. In my dream the parents disciple their children. I would not even care if that put me out of a job. Youth pick up most of their traits and habits from their parents. I can work my butt off trying to get youth to give their lives completely to God but it is so much easier when parents are on board!

Volunteer to help the youth group. This post is not just for other Youth Ministers. The Youth Minister cannot reach every child. There are kids he just will not be able to connect with, but maybe you can! There are many ways other adults can help from leading youth small groups to deciding to pray every day for the youth.

If we want this next generation to grow up and take our place then we need to invest in them. We need to be putting an effort toward discipling them in the ways of Jesus. This process is best when it starts in the home. Let’s not leave out any child. Point them all to Jesus!

What are you doing to help children of any age come to Jesus? What are you doing in your homes to make sure your children do not fall out of the Church?


2 Responses to “Invest in the Next Generation”

  1. Michelle said

    Brandon, That was awesome and is very true we need to be involved in the kids lives not only ours but others too. A lot of people dont see that. Keep up the good work!
    Love Aunt Shelly

    • Thanks Aunt Shelly. This is something I think about quite often. I would love to see families stay together and parents lead their children spiritually as well as each family helping another out.

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