20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17: 20-23
We have recently started a class on a couple Wednesday nights a month called our “Canoe Groups.” This is an opportunity for our teens to create relationships with older adult Christians! In a book I’ve been reading about teen small groups there was this quote I thought I would share with you all. “Regardless of the style or size of your church, your greatest asset to building faith in the next generation is not your Bible study, worship style, facilities, or budget. The most valuable resources you have to help people see God are the people in your church who know God.”
You don’t have to officially volunteer with our youth group or be a part of teaching or leading a small group. The teenagers don’t need a church family that is cool and up to date on the latest trends. What the statistics show us, is they just need an introduction to God. They need to see how our life is changed by our relationship with Jesus. So find a young person and pour into them!