Working with teens and young adults can be terrifying. Here are 5 tools any person can use to impact teens and young adults.
Last week, I was in a Christian bookstore when I saw Craig Groeschel's book The Christian Atheist. Now let me preface this by saying I have not read this book, but it caught my attention and had me thinking all day. Why is the pastor of the largest multi-site church in the country, Life.Church, writing a book about Christian atheists? Or even more, what is a Christian atheist? Because I would hazard to say that Christian atheism may be the most dangerous thing facing our church today.
You know what might be the WEIRDEST story in all of Scripture to me? The story in Luke 10 where Jesus sends out the 70. Jesus sends these 70 out with the command preach about the kingdom of God being near. When they return to Jesus they have great news! But Jesus sees something even greater than what any of them do...
To put it simply, we are to be encouraging each other. We are to build each other up, not tear each other down. We are to lift each other up, not erect walls that separate us. It is not wonder that encouragement is one of the spiritual gifts which Paul mentions in Romans 12:7-8.
While these attributes are on the radar screen now, the students are still young, and change is always in the wind. For now, however, it might do us some good pay attention to these six common characteristics of Generation Z:
I know what you're thinking. "Woah, Josh, slow down. Lessons from hip-hop in the church? Have you heard the lyrics in music?" I know what you're thinking, but hear me out.
No matter the platform, teens are spending nearly all their time online. A recent survey showed 45% of teens said they are online almost constantly, while another 44% said they’re online several times a day. Only 11% said they were online less often. This constant screen time often times results in varied levels of cyber-bullying. Many teens will face cyber-bullying at some level in their lives, how can you help guide your children through these hard times?