You've "trained them up in the way they should go" and you've kept them active in the local church. They've been on mission trips, they have iPods full of Christian music, and they've watched every episode of Veggi Tales. However, the stats confirm that most professing Christian teens will not carry their beliefs into adult life. What is going on? Why is this happening?
Well, most "ex-Christians" claim that "intellectual skepticism" was a major deciding factor in their rejection of Christianity. Was it the only factor? No. But it's a common theme. You see, all their lives they were told "what to believe" but they were never told "why it's believable". If intellectual skepticism is an obvious problem then rigorous training in Christian apologetics is, we believe, an obvious solution. Unfortunately, most parents don't know where or how to start. We're here to help you!
What can you do, right now, to be proactive about this?
1. Ask your pastor or youth pastor to survey your teenagers. Let's get a read on the doubts and questions they are wrestling with so we can start answering the questions they are actually asking (not just the questions we hope they are asking).
2. Ask your pastor or youth pastor to reach out to our Director, Jeremy Smith, to book a Faith Ascent seminar. Our seminars are perfect for addressing the questions and doubts revealed in the survey results in a winsome but content heavy way.
3. Ask your pastor or youth pastor to save the dates for Base Camp on their calendars and encourage them to send college bound students before they enter into philosophically and religiously hostile environments.
4. Consider attending a small group for parents or consider sending your student to one of our small groups for students. This is a 9-12 week in depth study using tested books and curriculum.
5. Check out our calendar periodically for seminars and special events near you.
6. Purchase our friend Natasha Crain's excellent resource for parents: Keeping Your Kids on God's Side.
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