it's all about the numbers
This Spring and Summer, Trinity Lutheran student ministries will be sending nearly a hundred students to retreats, conferences, and on mission trips. It is wonderful and exciting to have that much of a response from the students of our congregation. However, I am reminded that when it comes to youth ministry, the amount of kids attending an event or the size of the youth group really means very little. It’s far more important to have a student ministry that equips parents and disciple’s students by encouraging them and helping them to develop their own faith.
So one might ask, are numbers not important? Absolutely numbers are important; especially the number of good adult influences a student has in their life. Students need more than “youth group” to grow into a mature Christian. The biggest affect on a child’s spiritual growth, for better or worse comes from their parents. Students learn how to be disciples of Christ by watching and observing those adults that surround them.
Please take a minute and think about your children and grandchildren. Do they have Christian adult mentors in their life and if so, how many? This is where youth group can be such a valuable resource because youth get an opportunity to be in fellowship with and create close relationships with multiple youth workers and volunteers. Confirmands at Trinity are blessed with guides who lead them through their studies. Christian adult influences can come from older friends, family, and especially grandparents, but please keep in mind that the biggest influence in a youth’s life comes from the parents. If students have one or two Christian adult influences, that’s good, but imagine a student surrounded with many Christian influences. If students have 5-10, they are well on their way to growing into mature Christian adults who will carry on the legacy of faith.
Numbers are important and I now ask of each one of you, please be a number in at least one of our students’ lives. They can never have too many Christian mentors as they go through life!
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds…Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” ~ Deuteronomy 11:18-19
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