‘Whether excited or terrified, the step for a child into youth can be a big one. However, there are lots of practical things we can do that make those big steps a whole lot easier to take’
As a child, I seemed to attend most of the events and programs at our church. Whether camp, Sunday school, Wednesday night groups, I would be there. Then I transitioned into youth and started attending youth programs in exactly the same manner. Attending everything. But, I wasn’t talkative and I was incredibly quiet. The things I remember, that were crucial to transition, were the relationships. As my relation developed with my youth leaders this spilled out into peer relationships. Another key was serving as a junior leader in our kid’s ministry which again gave me relationships with a great team. The transition for myself was difficult, it’s not like everything went right but, the key things that were consistent helped me as I grew.
As Youth Pastor at MKCC I’ve been close to this important transition in our church for 2 years now. Here’s something’s I have noticed. Maybe you’ve seen similar things. There is drop off in both shy people that are nervous about the big, loud environment and from the confident popular, buzzing with excitement people. I have also noticed that I cannot sit back and let things happen organically.
If I don’t prioritise our values through our programmes they won’t become a priority in people’s lives.
Why should I prioritise this milestone?
Hebrews 3:13 ‘But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.’The way we encourage each other through connection is paramount to our own fight to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
If we want to grow cold and distant the quickest way to do that is to separate yourself from other Christians. Everyone needs some-place and some-one to belong. (Credit Reggie Joiner ‘Creating a Lead Small Culture’)
How can I prioritise this moment?
You need to believe these statements and then act upon them.
Young people don’t want to be continually told they’re significant they want to be involved and do something significant
Notes from the breakout ‘The Journey of Transition’ lead by Joshua Verity at Elements Conference 2018