In the years since my children have been in youth groups, I have seen changes both good and not so good. In our community, it seems like that the kids want to go wherever there is more “entertainment” than actually where they will grow closer to Christ. Also, I have noticed a decline in adults wanting to be involved with the youth and an increase in adults having very little tolerance for youth. In our congregation, we have had four youth leaders in as many years. This is hard for the youth because they need consistency in their church life. They come to feel like they are leftovers. It is our responsibility as parents and youth leaders to help our youth grow into being confident young adults who know that youth groups aren’t just about how they can be entertained.
by Lori Watson
Pleasant Hill UMC, Pleasant Hill, MO
Loving God, Loving Neighbor