Your Teenagers Have Something to Offer
I think the church has done a little bit of a disservice to teenagers by not defining for them what their role is in the church. A lot of teenagers—even those that are Christians and passionate about their faith—feel almost like they're not really a part of the body of Christ.
They're in this odd limbo—they're not in children's ministry, but they're also not adults who can participate in the living, moving, active, growing community of the church. That is a big problem because, if you read the New Testament and you look at the model of the New Testament church, we’re not given exceptions for teenagers in the instructions for the church and for the community.
. . . we’re not given exceptions for teenagers in the instructions for the church and for the community.
All Christians . . . Including Young Ones
All Christians are called to live in community with God's people. All Christians are called to serve other members of God's people, to love them, to be held accountable by them, to be taught by them. And teenagers—of all God's people—need that so much. If they do not have a local body, if they don't have the freedom to participate in that community, then it can be detrimental for their faith.
We hear that as young people get into their twenties and thirties, they’re leaving the church in droves. I think a big part of that is because teenagers haven't been taught how and why to participate in the community.
So it is a huge service to Christian teenagers to welcome them into the community of the church, serve them, and teach them how to serve the community.
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