The teenage years are filled with new experiences as adolescents are navigating personal changes, busy schedules, and big decisions in their future. It can be difficult to keep them interested in Christian ministries and church. We understand this at Warehouse Christian Ministries, so we’ve put together a few suggestions to keep teens involved.
Have a dedicated youth ministry
Teens learn differently than adults for a variety of reasons. For one, they’re often taught to be skeptical of the world and question everything that’s put in front of them. Additionally, their experiences at this point in their lives are different from what we face in the world as adults. A dedicated youth ministry is a great way to teach them about the world they live in and how God can help them navigate it.
Learning responsibility is a great way to find your place in the world. Many teens are trying to learn how to find themselves and the path that’s right for their future. Keep in mind that delegating responsibility shouldn’t consist of dumping a load of work on them simply to keep them busy. Understand the abilities and availability of each youth so you can give them an appropriate role. Whether it's something as simple as greeting parishioners to larger responsibilities like organizing youth activities, you can help youth find their place in the ministry.
Let them teach
The best way to learn anything is to teach it to someone else. Encourage teens to teach their peers about specific Bible passages so they can gain a greater understanding of the Word. They can also get insight from those around them as they spark conversation about scripture and how it can apply to their lives. Furthermore, teens are often more likely to listen to one of their peers than an adult because the words they speak are much more relatable. Give them the chance to teach so they reach out to one another and fellowship their peers.
Teens often have very busy schedules. With work, school, and other extracurricular activities, the days and weeks fill up quickly. A rigid schedule can make it difficult for busy teens to find the time and desire to get involved with one more thing. While youth ministries and activities can be done according to a set schedule, you can give them the time that they want according to their schedule if they’re simply looking for someone to speak to. Make yourself available and ready to listen when they ask.
Let them know you care
Even if they come from a loving home, teens are looking for someone to care for them. Validation of their emotions is an important part of helping them learn and grow in a positive environment. What’s more, they can tell if you’re making a project out of them and their time. Be genuine in showing that you care for them and their involvement in the Christian ministry and they’ll be much more likely to prioritize their time with church and religion in general.
If you’re looking for somewhere that your teen can be involved, reach out to Warehouse Christian Ministries. We believe that our youth ministry is an excellent way to keep teens involved with Christian ministries and church as they find their way through this strange world. Give us a call at 916-361-0861 or contact us using our online form. We’d love to provide you with more information about our programs for teens.