This is another one of those very anxious times for young people. The kids will once again be thrust into an environment that regularly tests their faith and pushes them to "stand out" or "stand up" for Christ. With that in mind, it is important, first of all, that we, youth leaders, encourage our congregations to be in constant prayer for our young people. School can be stressful and challenging for anyone, but it is especially important to provide support and intentional encouragement for those who struggle academically. Seek God about meeting the needs of those youth. Finally, remind the youth that this is the new school year and therefore a time for a new beginning. There is no need for them to carry baggage from the previous year into the new one. "Behold, I make all things new..." Revelation 21:5 There are new challenges and new blessings to come. Go with God into a new beginning!
by Arionne Williams
Minister to Youth and Families
Metropolitan AMEZ, Kansas City, MO
Deputy Chair youTheology Advisory Board
Loving God, Loving Neighbor