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Challenges and Opportunities for Youth in the Church Today

What are the top cultural forces that our teenagers must contend with today? Social media and digital dependence have, of course, a magnifying influence on all of these forces. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents. Boys are more likely to complete a suicide, but girls are more likely to attempt it. Risk factors include: a history of previous suicide attempts, a family history of suicide, a history of depression, anxiety, or other mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, stressful life events or losses, easy access to lethal methods, exposure to the suicidal behavior of others.

Between a quarter and a third of all U. The top risk factor for bullying is a teenager who is perceived as different from his or her peers. Girls are more likely than boys to cyberbully, and boys are more likely than girls to bully face-to-face.

More boys report being involved in the hook-up culture, and more girls report regret over their involvement in it. What you can do: Directly address the prevalence of the hook-up culture, the inherent pressures of navigating that culture, and offer a path to freedom through a closer attachment to Jesus.

By the time they reach their senior year, half of all teenagers have abused an illicit drug at least once. But overall, illicit drug abuse among teenagers is either flat or dropping, except for a few notable exceptions. The slight downturn shows up in the broad categories of alcohol, marijuana, inhalant, cocaine, and non-medical uses of prescription drugs.

How to counteract drug abuse: The U. One in eight young people suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind, but eight out of 10 are not being treated for it. Anxiety is frequently correlated with depression, eating disorders, and ADHD. And kids who are caught in a cycle of anxiety are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse. Signs of anxiety: Kids who are struggle with anxiety experience fear, nervousness, and shyness, and they consciously avoid places and activities that trigger their anxiety.

Symptoms to watch for: 1 Anxiety and depression related to appearance, 2 Obsessing over a single perceived flaw in appearance, 3 Spending excessive time looking in mirrors, 4 Excessive grooming and exercise, 5 Anorexia, and 6 Bulimia.

Of course, there are many more than seven issues deeply impacting teenagers today—but these are the must-know priorities when it comes to cultural influence. In any case, His focus is on growing wheat, not pulling weeds—He asks us in the parable to leave that to Him. Find out more, here. Great thoughts Aaron. I would add self-harm and pornography to the list as well. These two issues are so prevalent for our ministry.

Of course they could easily be addresses as a part of some of those you mentioned. Many times some of the things you have listed are the very things that lead students I counsel to these. Thanks for the post. Great add Jody. Aaron, Can not agree more with this statement. Such a fact that allot Youth Groups are running from. You are definitely right.

I think we must talk about them and help students who are struggling. Thanks for your comment!! Where I live, youth pastors have to get at least 5 of those topics approved by the church leadership AND THEN get written permission from all of the parents to speak on these things.

Failure to complete the procedure leads to disciplinary action and parents threatening to remove their children from youth events. Or the parents decide that this is their job and refuse permission. Robski, Instead of doing a series on these topics. What if you did a workshop and made it available to the parents and students. It might be worth trying to have a separate gathering for these topics.

They can see this as an elective and still have the student come to regular youth meetings. If a few students find such a class helpful and meaningful, others may hear about it and join in when their parents feel they have the maturity to participate.

This would set up the dynamic where you only have to get the approval the one time when you establish the class and the onus is on the parents to choose whether or not to have their students participate rather than having one or two parents disctate what the whole group can discuss. Sounds more like a public school system then an actual church.

I find this to be extremely discouraging. I think you forget that the church is a school. I believe that is the least we can do, and as Christians, that is what we are asked to do by our Lord Jesus Christ. I will be doing a series on bullying with our students in the near future. SYM or anyone else, can you direct me to resources that will assist me in preparing for the subject?

Wow Aaron…. I think you just helped me figure out the first series of the new year! Thanks bro! Sometimes we have to expose those things that are done in secret before people start talking about them. I pray your series starts some much needed dialogues so that healing can start to take place. Thanks so much for bringing this into focus with statistical data.

I have long estimated something somewhat lower than this, but find this totally within the realm of truth. No matter how good you think your youth are, this is truly the most likely representation of the secret life of the american teenager, regardless of demographic. I find that students are wrestling with the other issues listed above, in part, because their faith is not central to their worldview.

Great thought Brian, There is definitely a breakdown somewhere. Great article! My heart breaks that the students, approx 70 , that attend our Wednesday night program … are from un-churched families. We are doing all we can to reach their parents. Our prayer is that through the salvations of these students … their families will be saved. Thanks Jennifer, Keep praying for your students parents. Know that prayer changes things so keep praying. Our youth group gets compliments for digging into Biblical concepts based upon the Scriptures.

An immersed understanding and grasp of the Bible and its truths, solves topic itself. The Word of God, should be our focus, the rest is cultural and will change when we let the Bible change us.

First of all thank for your feedback, its much appreciated. I would have to respectfully disagree. I think for years some of these topics have been taboo in church, and the result of us not talking about them has done more damage than good. I also think starting the conversation first is key. Students need practical biblical wisdom on how to deal with them. I think when we speak out on these topics, it gives students confidence to speak out also. I do agree that we need to be teaching biblical concepts from scripture, and I also agree that we need to be teaching foundational truths.

And I believe we can do those things in the context of the topics mentioned in the post. God should be our focus. Christ should be our focus. And the way we best serve Christ is by serving our neighbors, meaning not only those around us, but our youth. Teaching scripture is great, and discussing scripture and how to read it is even better. But we must teach our youth that our God is a living God who can still speak to us and be involved in our lives. We must teach them how to see God everywhere, and remind them of the two most important commandments: love God and love your neighbor.

Rather, we should give them a strong, supportive faith, that allows room to explore these difficult topics, that allow for them to confront difficulty rather than run from it. Thank You!? Thank You! I am blown away by the fact that kids are dealing with these issues, but we have church ostriches with their heads in the sand.

Otherwise we will lose these kids. Yes teach the Bible, but bring it to where the kids are. Please check out our website. We are holding our next summit Oct. It will be 8 am pm Pt. Loma Nazarene University. We also have resources available on most of the subjects you brought up. Thank you so much saints wow i have been reading your comments over and over again and i gained A lot. I am in South Africa and will be dealing with Exodus soon. I found it very challenging because sometimes we focus more on God which is good but the Bible patently tells that we should honour our parents so that we may live long.

I have been praying about this for quiet some time and i real think that its high time that we deal with the truth and build a solid foundation. Thank you very much guys you real opened my spiritual eyes. Thanks for your comments!

The Value of Youth to the Cause of God

Which is the most difficult era of human life? Mature adulthood? It probably depends upon where you are as to how you might answer that query. Youth is a frustrating time in life. It is that period when one is hardly old enough to be on his own, and yet he is feeling a sense of independence.


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Youth and the Church

What are the top cultural forces that our teenagers must contend with today? Social media and digital dependence have, of course, a magnifying influence on all of these forces. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents. Boys are more likely to complete a suicide, but girls are more likely to attempt it. Risk factors include: a history of previous suicide attempts, a family history of suicide, a history of depression, anxiety, or other mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, stressful life events or losses, easy access to lethal methods, exposure to the suicidal behavior of others.

What attracts and keeps students at your church?

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This article focuses on two themes found in this first section of the document, tradition and social media, both of which challenge youth and provide opportunities. Sociologically, an ominous challenge youth face today is living in a cultural context of liquidity explained soon which deemphasizes tradition s and, moreover, promotes a social media that further undermines communal traditions. Arguably, more than non-Western peoples are facing this unravelling. One important and difficult challenge youth confront today, therefore, is maintaining traditions, both familial and religious, which previous generations especially the baby boomers let slip through their fingers. But how did traditions slip away?

Become a compassionate, creative, and courageous leader. Photo by Matheus Ferrero. Think about the last student who showed up at one of your youth ministry events for the first time. Did they come back? If not, why not?

The Value of Youth to the Cause of God

Among the recent discussions of the problems of American youth today, Teen-Age Tyranny William Morrow and Company, , by Fred Hechinger, education editor of The New York Times , and his wife, Grace Hechinger, takes high rank for the intelligence and candor with which it faces the problem.

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  1. Quedipevil

    Among the recent discussions of the problems of American youth today, Teen-​Age Tyranny (William Morrow and Company, ), by Fred Hechinger, education.

  2. Kristin M.

    Today the Christian youth movement is packed with camps, conventions, short-​term missions trips, small groups, peer to peer evangelism ministries, after-school​.

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