How can you lead the next generation to a better future? Believe in them. Love them. Expect great things from their lives. Pray for them. Pray with them. Hug them. Support them. Encourage them. Mentor them. Model a life of Christ. Give them a chance to lead.
Yesterday was youth Sunday at RTPCC. Watching our teenagers lead worship, pray, take up the offering and give testimonies sets my heart on fire. Youth and children inspire me and watching them yesterday gives me great hope that our church will still be impacting our community for years to come. I never want to dampen the flame on their life. I am SO proud of our young people.
If you get a chance today, check out this article by Mac Lake. I met Mac several months ago and he has a passion for the next generation.
This week, I read 5 quotes that REALLY bothered me. In fact, they have caused me to lose sleep because I can’t believe that this is the mindset of today’s church:
People within today’s faith movement tend to treat young people as a side show.
88% of kids raised in church leave the church at the age of 18 never to return again.
Over and over in interviews, christian teenagers say that they feel like a tiny minority in their schools. They said that they often feel alone in their struggles to live by Biblical values.
Because adults do not understand today’s teenagers they completely ignore them. Their actions and complaints loudly demonstrate to our teens that they are not valued and that their voices do not need to be heard.
Our young people are out there wondering if anybody cares. All over America they are leaving churches and no one is even bothering to ask why.
Read more about why young people are leaving the church…
God is trusting us to mentor and love His next generation. It’s up to us to lead them to a better future and God is going to hold us accountable for the love that we share with our teens. Our young people are capable of doing and becoming much more than we give them credit for. Many of the teens at RTPCC are standing at the edge of the diving board to greatness and they just need someone to believe in them. If you attend RTPCC, make sure to take time out to tell our youth what a WONDERFUL job they did on Sunday. If we don’t believe in our youth, who will?
Information for RTPCC:
October 20th – Special concert with Freedom’s Crossing and Senior Appreciation Day
October 25th – Octoberfest
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