Sticky Faith Stories
I recently heard a youth pastor say, vulnerably, “I’m great at talking to your kids about their faith; I stink at talking with my own kids about their faith.”
While parents have the best of intentions to talk about their kids’ experience at church and about their faith, they often don’t know how to start the conversation and don’t get much of a response when they try.
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.