Want to Make Disciples All Summer Long? Here’s How.
by Steven Kozak
For most, the busy school year has (or is) drawing to a close. In my town, summer activities have already begun. Which means a change in schedules, vacations, time outside, and memories made. But as life attempts to slow down for a few months, there is also a natural lull that begins to hang over churches. On the one hand, youth leaders all breath a collective sigh of relief that a much-needed break has arrived, but on the other hand, we can’t help but lament that any momentum built throughout the year is certainly going to lose its steam.
But what if there was a way to pass the baton on to the parents? What if the conversation were to continue at home? I know, I am a perpetual optimist, but most parents are desperate for ways to talk to their kids about their faith, politics, daily events, and news. And if they just had a way in, a conversation starter, imagine what might happen in the lives of those students. After all, the primary disciple maker in a child’s life was designed to be a parent. We should empower them where and when we can. And there is no better time to engage parents, than in the summer.
So if you are a parent of a middle school or high school student, look for ways to ask these questions (or a version of). If you are a youth leader, make these questions available to your families. It will not only help keep the conversation going but engage parents in their role as the primary disciple-makers of their students.
How have your beliefs changed over this year?
For better or worse, it is important to get a gauge on where your students are in their journey. But don’t leave the question there. Ask why they have changed (or not changed). What factors have impacted the change? Are there any questions that remain? Often our student’s beliefs are formed from emotions. Continue to help them form what they believe and why through reason rather than emotion…
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