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Can you help me with my youth leadership?

Submitted: 5/10/2007
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Question: I am a youth leader at my church. I am having problems with some of the young people not being faithful to church or their walk with God, yet when boys or fun stuff comes up they want to be a part of that. What biblical points can I use to get their attention or to help me to reach them?

Answer: We believe that young people need to be continually reminded that the decisions they are making now will have consequences down the road. They need to be taken into the future and shown where the pathway they are walking down will lead. We realize that many youth ministries operate from the belief that young people only want to have fun. They believe that if you are not providing fun activities, the young people will not come. But we have not found this to be the case. We have found that young people want reality. They may not always respond the way we want them to, but they want reality nevertheless. Young people are experts at spotting hypocrisy, so we suggest you be real and be honest with them, loving them and caring for them, even if they don't seem to be appreciating it. Each one of them is in the process of deciding what she believes. Many may have seen inconsistencies at home which has caused them to wonder if Jesus is even real. There is no magic wand that will instantly change these young people into seriously committed believers. But stick with them. Teach them to honor their parents and encourage them to pray. Don't try to be their mediators, just lead them by example. Don't give up, they need you.