The church needs adults who are will commit to nurturing youth. Everyone cannot be involved in the formal youth ministry of the church. There is a level at which everyone should not. However, we do need adults who will invest in students in the church, getting to know their names and take an interest in their activities. People who will notice when they are present and when they are absent and encourage them in the faith and in life in general. These adults need to be teachable disciples of Christ, willing to learn with and from youth. They also need to be compassionate with a sense of humor and very importantly, see students as God’s gifts. Everyone can do this.
What we often miss is that students long for recognition and affirmation from non-related adults. In addition, there are those who do not have positive adults models in their homes. Many students are hurting and feel they have nowhere to turn. Yes, they need adults who they know care enough about them to listen to them and support them. The problem is that too often we as adults are so wrapped up in our own fears and insecurities that we fail to reach out to our students.
Yes the church needs adults who will commit to care for youth. Students want adults who will invest in them. Why not you?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor