5 Questions Every Youth Leader and Parent Should be Ready to Answer
by Steven Kozak
When I began my teaching career I began each year asking my students to write about their reasons for believing—or in some cases, not believing—in Jesus. I never expected them to really articulate much of anything. Some managed to write some great reasons, but most were left repeating phrases they heard in their elementary years in church. But I was okay with that, because that wasn’t the point. I didn’t really intend for them to write much. The point was to simply create a specific kind of culture in my classrooms. I wanted to create a culture of questions.
Every one of your students have questions. There is no way around it, and there is no way of avoiding it, so please don’t. Students need to feel a part of a community and culture where questions are encouraged and answered. Keep in mind there are students who have been raised to believe that to doubt and question is to have insufficient faith. However, questions and doubts can be incredibly productive when it leads to answers and certainty…