What Youth Group Was Like

Brad M. Griffin

One of the revealing aspects of our College Transition Project research was the way college students responded when they asked them to reflect back on their high school youth ministries.  Some offered glowing reviews, others painful autopsies. In the Sticky Faith books, and periodically on this blog, we'll share some of their words about this and other topics. 

Here's what one student shared with us about her youth group experience:

While I was in the youth group, my church went through three youth pastors. However, I felt with all three that there was a lack of personal relationship with them. Coming to school events did not for me equal a personal relationship with me. I just wish that they would've taken time to know me and genuinely. I just felt like it was forced sometimes. I understand the profession is difficult and there are so many students, but I just wish that I could have an amazing relationship with my youth pastor that went below the surface and I could look back on and value as priceless during my high school years.


Published Sep 02, 2011
Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is also the coauthor of Sticky Faith ​and Deep Justice Journeys. A native Kentucky youth pastor, Brad now lives in Southern California with his wife Missy and their three children.

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