4 Ways to Help Teens Keep Their Faith After They Graduate
We’ve all read the scary statistics of teenagers who evacuate their Christian faith after they graduate from high school. I’ve read statistics as high as 85% and some as low as 50%. But regardless of the actual number all of us can agree that any is too many! We want as many of our teenagers’ faith as possible to, not just survive, but to thrive long after they leave high school!
So what can we do to help teens keep the faith after they graduate?
Here are 4 practical ideas that may help you:
1. Pray, pray and pray some more!
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11
When Paul planted a church he consistently supported it in prayer. In the same way we must support our teenagers in relentless prayer. We must pray for them and recruit others to pray for them (connect with groups like Moms in Prayer to create your own prayer “Air Force” that destroys strongholds and helps them own their faith long-term).
If we could see behind the curtain of eternity into the very throne room of God I’m convinced we’d all be blown away by all that prayer actually accomplishes. It’s how we provide “air support” for our teenagers in the battlefield of their lives.
2. Use an A.L.T.ernative teaching style!
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?'” Matthew 16:13
Jesus asked close to 300 questions during his earthly ministry. Questions and parables were among his top teaching tools. He knew that great questions acted like a pry bar that would open shut minds and mouths.
I learned this during the filming of Gospel Journey Maui, a reality series Dare 2 Share produced years ago. We had a Buddhist, Mormon, Muslim, Seventh Day Adventist, surfing evangelical and girl that thought God was a black woman that baked cookies (she got her view of God from the “Oracle” in the Matrix movies.)
I noticed that the more questions I asked the more the cast would open up. The more I listened the more I was listened to by the cast members. This created deep and authentic dialogue instead of a one-way monologue.
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SOURCE: Christian Post