Sticky Faith Stories
For years, we had been looking at "success" in student ministries based upon the amount of students attending a weekly program night.
Our typical promotion from 8th grade to high school has been filled with hype, loud music, and silly games.
A few months ago, I spent some time with some great folks from the United Methodist Conference in Tennessee, unpacking our Sticky Faith research.
One particular student has had a hard time connecting with our youth ministry.
In a previous church, a gifted musician reached retirement age and stepped into a new world. As she did so, she came to talk with the youth ministry team.
If you’re over 40, college now is different than it was for you. If you’re over 30, same thing. In fact, if you’re over 25, it’s still pretty different.
When we began to evaluate our ministry this past year in regards to some of the preliminary Sticky Faith findings, we realized that we basically did little to nothing in the way of preparing our students for the transition into college.