I recently read a blog post about stress and high school youth and how this impacts their ability/willingness to participate in what we offer as a youth ministry as well as a church.
Take a look at the article here by Jeremy Zach, a youth minister for more than 10 years:
The Most Stressed Out Generation In History
When you read this, I'm hopeful you can see some of the ideas behind what we are doing with our High School Ministry here at First Lutheran.
Not too long ago we staged a Practicing Sabbath evening where there were prayer stations around the room for youth to come and "be still" in the presence of God. We had a handful of youth show up, and each one of them walked away feeling refreshed in some way. Sometimes we tend to think everything we do in ministry has to be some sort of activity or event of high energy and entertainment, otherwise youth won't come. While this type of ministry has some merit, it is short lived. Having a evening where youth can come and slow down will have a lasting affect on youth! We are hoping to have another Practicing Sabbath evening in the upcoming season of Advent as we lead into Christmas, stay tuned for details.
We may not "do" big events or activities on a regular basis, simply put, it's on purpose! We are trying to create a flow to the ministry and create space for youth to feel comfortable on an every week basis. Our hope is for this to give youth a place to belong, whether they have been there once, or multiple times. Everything from week to week has meaning and creates an environment of belonging, it's simple and yet powerful at the same time.
If you or your youth are looking for helpful ways to relieve stress, or address the busyness of life, please don't hesitate to give me a call or stop in the office. If you or your youth are feeling guilty about not being able to participate in our weekly Sunday Night ministry opportunities, don't feel guilty. God is at work in your life, in your youth's life! God is not confined to the four walls of the church, God reaches into our lives regardless of where we find ourselves on Sundays, sometimes we just need to be reminded!
Director of Teen Ministry
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