Over the years of youth ministry one often wonders what our students really think about God culture and their place in it. So I interviewed a few of them and would like to share some of the conversations in order to give you better insight into christian teenagers’ hearts and minds.
Question: Who is God to you?
God is my rock and He is my everything. It is a relationship that keeps me accountable for my actions and even when I am not at my best and make poor decisions He still loves me. I some times find it hard to be faithful through the ups and downs and the trials through out life, but being a Christ follower I know that I don’t do it by myself.
Question: What is one hardest things about being a christian teenager?
Judgement and temptation, we often find ourselves living a life that is not our own. We are trying to get good grades to please our parents and to prepare for the future but it is not always who we really are or who we want to be. We find ourselves some of the times falling into temptation because of pressure that is on us as form of escape. The pressure is sometimes good for us because it makes us better students and people. We also constantly being judged by peers and others. We try to live our lives to please others not ourselves and not God.
Question: What are some road blocks in sharing your faith with your peers?
1. Judgment and feeling looked down on at school a place where being follower of God is often made fun of rather than being celebrated or even acknowledged, sometimes being ridiculed by our friends and sometimes even teachers.2. Afraid of saying the wrong thing. “I know what to say but I still have the fear that what i said is going to come out right”.3. It is hard because I have done things in the past that didn’t represent God Now that God is in my life it hard for friends to accept my new life.4. It is still hard to merge my school life and my church life together, I want to but at the same i don’t want to make anybody feel uncomfortable.
Question: What does youth group mean to you?
It is my mid week time to get fired up for Christ. I love to come to a place were I can just be myself. It is a safe place where it really doesn’t matter what you look like, what color skin you have, what clothes you wear. There will be people who care about you. It also helps that there are students just trying to do have a relationship with God and are struggling sometimes and getting it right sometimes.
Question: If you could tell the church not just Hope Chapel but the church at large one thing that would help students trying to follow Christ what would it be?
Be patient. Remember you were teenagers once. Allow us to find God in our own way. Ask us our opinion and include us. We want to bring our friends on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Question: If you could ask the church to pray for you would that be?
It would be to stay strong and not waiver in our faith.
Question:Is there a verse that is important to you?
James 1:2-4 Trials and Temptations Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
As a youth pastor I am excited and humbled at the same time. God is doing a mighty work with our students in an ever changing world that is separating the generation a rate faster than anytime before in history. We need to do everything to stay connected with our students. My prayer is that we will continue to point these students to Christ with our actions and our love.
In His GRIP,
Ken Hall, Pastor of Students