Youth today are often lumped together with what many call a faceless generation. They are known for lacking respect, drive, purpose and have a strong bond to self entitlement. The world is fighting relentlessly to keep them locked into this identity, but Jesus came to break...no destroy...any stronghold the enemy has convinced himself he has. W.O.R.D. U.P. Youth Church is simply the vehicle to introduce Jesus and disciple kids ages 11-15.
There was an article written by Bill Nance addressing the 6 things youth need from the church. We at According to His Word Worship Center believe we are providing these things to the youth we interact with:
A place with Jesus – This is the #1 thing that kids need in a church. If they are not meeting Jesus, then it’s a waste of time. Making them more moral, knowing the Bible, or being nice people are pointless without Jesus. Don’t just teach them Jesus, help them know Jesus.
A place with adults who care – Teens need adults who can invest and pour their lives into them. They need adults who can mentor and guide them on the right path. They are told by so many adults that they’re not worth the time or effort, they need adults who genuinely care.
A place to belong – Teens yearn for belonging. They will often do stupid and damaging things to belong. How about if they were given a place to belong before they even came through the door? Our church or youth group should be a place where any kid can be “home.”
A place to serve – It has always amazed me the bad rap that teens get for being lazy and selfish. It’s a rare thing to see in adults, but teens love to serve and they need to be provided opportunities lest they end up being lazy and selfish adults.
A place to encourage (and be encouraged) – Teen culture is one of tearing down and destruction. Our church and youth group culture should be one of building up and encouraging.
A place to grow – You are teaching your students, but are they growing? Kids should know that when they come to youth group or church they will leave better...changed.
YOUTH AGES 11 - 15
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