“Why Is Youth Group Important?” by www.churchleaders.com
Dear Parents of Teenagers, Thanks for all you do to invest in the life of your teenager(s). You probably feel like an Uber driver (ready to pick them up/drop them off when they call), coach (helping them perfect their sport), tutor (working with them on homework), guidance counselor (preparing them for the future), and, sometimes, a jockey (pushing them to cross the finish line…without a whip of course!)…all wrapped up in one!
That’s why, with all the insane busyness of parenting a teen, it’s easy to let youth group attendance slide off the grid. It’s tempting to think, “My kid’s just too busy for a night of hanging out with other teenagers, playing some goofy games and hearing another Bible lesson.” But why is youth group important to your kids’ faith?
Believe me when I say, I understand the temptation. As parents of a teenager (who has tons of homework, plays football, and isn’t yet old enough to drive), my wife and I are constantly under pressure to measure every event through the lenses of what matters most. And we have decided that youth group attendance must be a priority. Although we view ourselves as the primary spiritual influence of our kids, we also believe that a strong youth ministry plays a vital role in his overall spiritual development.
Why Is Youth Group Important? With this as a backdrop, here are 5 short yet powerful reasons you should encourage your teenager(s) attend youth group:
- Teenagers need models and mentors.
- Teenagers need community.
- Teenagers need mission.
- Teenagers need theology.
- Teenagers need a safe place to confess and confide.
At the end of the day, our teenagers embracing and embodying the Christian faith is more important than sports and more important than academics. Getting them involved in a healthy, vibrant youth ministry is worth fitting into a crazy, busy schedule. And if it’s not quite as healthy as you think it should be, then why don’t you volunteer and make it better?
Why is youth group important? Too much is at stake for us to get this wrong. So let’s get it right!