Despite how everything may seem to say otherwise, you are loved. You are more loved than you will ever know.
Today we continue in day 2 of John Climacus' "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" and examine his claim that believers must detach. We as believers must detach and detox from materialism and devote ourselves to Christ.
As important as it is for parents, grandparents, and other older members of the faith community to pass down faith, it is also equally vital for faith to be passed the other way.
If you work with teens, you have probably wondered at one point or another the same thing I have, how do I know I am making a difference? We know what the goal is, to point teens to Christ, but how do we measure success in youth ministry?
Teenagers will gravitate towards the oldest person in the room who takes them seriously. This is a quote I have read and heard numerous times by youth workers far more experienced and intelligent than myself. I have heard it so many times, but often have questioned the truthfulness of it. So how old is too old for youth ministry?
While I can name plenty of reasons, I have narrowed it down to three major reasons why people in the church should love teens: They are hungry, they need the love and guidance, and Jesus loves them. These are some of the reasons why I love youth, so why do you?
This is the future that we are arriving in. Ready or not, here they come. Like it or not, they are part of a generation that feels empowered; that feels they may not even “need” older adults to form their opinions or to fulfill their dreams. Often times they not only doubt the need of adults, but oppose whatever beliefs the adults in their lives hold. How can you be useful and influential in the lives of teens who feel they don't need you?