Teens and Faith Sharing

According to new research from our friends at the Barna Group, eighty-two percent of Christians between the ages of thirteen and eighteen say that it’s important for them to share their faith with others. And instead of embracing many of the older hard-line confrontational strategies for evangelism, these teens want to embrace a more conversational approach with their friends, allowing them to share their faith more naturally over time. In a day and age when research points to a decline in the number of those who embrace Christianity, this is a trend we can celebrate! Here at CPYU we want to recommend that parents and youth workers fuel this trend by engaging kids in deliberate Christian education and faith formation as they grow up, thereby ensuring that the faith that they share with others is truly biblical in nature. Don’t be afraid to teach and talk about the Bible and theology with your kids. Set the bar high. Respect their cognitive abilities. And pray for their spiritual growth.