Hope you are having a great Summer! Summer is an exciting time for families...travel plans, lake trips, different camps, and fun activities. And those things are good (we have similar plans this summer for our family). However, sometimes whether we realize it or not, church can get lost in the shuffle, and faith can take a backseat if we aren't intentional. I want to encourage you to take the lead to make sure that your teenagers are faithful in church and continue growing closer to Christ this summer. Here are 2 big thoughts to help keep your teenager's faith in the forefront this summer.
First, we should come to church as consistently as possible this summer. We all will be out this summer from time to time. And that's definitely a good thing. We all need a break from the routine and time away with our family. However, taking a break from our spiritual family all summer isn't a good thing. One of the greatest things we can teach our children is that following Christ, worshiping together, and growing in our faith isn't supposed to be seasonal like a sport or a hobby...it's a way of life (2 Timothy 4:2)! In addition, we have nearly 50 adults who are working hard to pour into your students spiritually every week this summer at Crosswalk, Charge, and 1to1...not to mention what will take place each Sunday at 11AM worship. What if you took steps to make it possible for your teenager to grow in their faith or even finally discover who Christ really is this summer? It could be a game-changer.
Secondly, when we are away this summer, make sure our faith doesn't remain behind. When we are away on vacation or traveling, etc, it's okay to continue to pray together or bring God into the conversation. The Bible even commands us in Deuteronomy 6 to have these kinds of discussions about God, His Word, and our faith on a daily basis. One of the greatest things my parents ever did when I was growing up was for us to attend church when we went on vacation. As a teenager, I didn't always like it, but it sent a powerful message to me that our faith wasn't supposed to be SOMETHING trivial in our life...it is supposed to be the MAIN THING in our life. I remembered that lesson a few years later once when I moved off to college. One of the first things I did was to find a place of worship for me to continue growing in my faith journey--not because my parents made me but because they had set that example earlier for me to follow.
Please know as a Youth Pastor, and as a parent, I respect and appreciate all you do for your teenagers during this important time in their lives. I'm praying for you to have a fun-filled summer but also that your family might experience a faith-filled summer as well.