You've encouraged the parents in your church to "train their children up in the way they should go" and you've stayed faithful to the preaching and teaching of God's word. You've budgeted for youth activities, you've mentored your staff and volunteers, and you've prayed fervently for the next generation of Christians. 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?
When asked, most "ex-Christians" claim that "intellectual skepticism" is a major deciding factor in their rejection of Christianity. Is 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, many pastors and youth pastors don't know where or how to start. We're here to help you!
Here are 5 things you can do to be proactive!
1. Ask your youth workers to survey your teenagers! Let's get a read on the doubts 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. Reach out to our Executive Director, Jeremy Smith, to book a Faith Ascent seminar at your church! Our seminars are perfect for addressing the questions and doubts revealed in the survey results in a winsome but content heavy way.
3. Save the dates for Base Camp on their calendars! Send your 16-18yr old students.
4. Check out our calendar periodically for seminars and special events near you.
5. CLICK HERE to read letters and referrals from pastors just like you!