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!
What can you do, right now, to be proactive about this?
1. Use our free survey to survey your teenagers. Let's get a read on the doubts and questions 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 Director, Jeremy Smith, to book a Faith Ascent seminar. 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 your calendars and encourage, at minimum, your college bound students to attend before they enter into philosophically and religiously hostile environments.
4. Consider hosting a small group for parents. This is a 9-12 week in depth study using tested books and curriculum. Our director, Jeremy Smith, will walk your parents through the top 40 questions and conversations they should behaving with their students.
5. Check out our calendar periodically for seminars and special events near you.
6. Purchase our friend Natasha Crain's excellent resource for parents: Keeping Your Kids on God's Side.
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