Faith in Student Ministry

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~Hebrews 11:1~

In student ministry, we have the difficult blessing of striving to teach adolescents – who are develoing (but haven’t mastered) the ability to think abstractly – to act upon something which they cannot see.

If you figure out how to do this, let me know. Actually, let everyone know because it is pretty obvious that we’re not getting it. There are a million different theories, methods, values, and ideas about how to make that happen.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by brianlenney on June 10, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Add to that a constant need from teens to be “entertained” and not learn or be teachable and it makes it even more fun!


  2. Posted by prof2076 on June 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Have you tried engaging all the senses? Using videos, relevant stories, or having them play a larger role in services?


  3. Posted by prof2076 on June 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Have you tried contemplative prayer?


  4. Posted by Austin Young on June 11, 2009 at 9:14 am

    as a teen, i would say it is a bad idea to entertain. we really do want to learn. we want to be challenged and pushed. i was told by a mentor of mine that what you use to bring kids into your youth group is what is going to keep them there. if that isnt Jesus, your youth group will be way harder to move in a learning direction from the “entertaining” idea. treat us like adults, even if we dont seem to like it, it is what we want, need, and desire.


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