Lead Young People with Love and Truth

We All Hunger for Love and Acceptance

Many young people feel a constant combination of worldly distractions and illegitimate pressure to succeed. Watch Kara's story of the pressure that this builds and the effect it had on her relationship with the Lord.

Kara had a serious crisis of faith when everything else piled on and took over the space in her life for God. Ben Stuart has seen this story in hundreds of teenagers and college students. He knows that the answer isn't just to try harder. Listen to him describe this challenge and talk to youth and college pastors about the way we minister to young men and women.

These three areas are particularly challenging to young people today
  • Our culture fights against depth 
  • They face a constant bombardment of distraction
  • They feel a constant pressure to succeed, but for no real purpose

What distractions most impact the ones whom you minister to?
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How can you encourage those in your ministry to be still? What tools do they need to detach from this world and benefit from the quiet?
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1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 (ESV)

7But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.8So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

9For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.10You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers.11For you know how, like a father with his children,12we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What will be the 3-5 biggest characteristics that you require when you recruit helpers, and not chaperones, for your ministry?
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How do you teach others to have a Quiet TIme? Like Ben said, they need more direction than to just be told to go and read. What questions will you give them to ask of the text? What is a good schedule for reading?
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Give them love and truth. Whether you are speaking to three students or a thousand, your greatest impact will be meeting their deep heart needs of love and acceptance around the truth of the Word of God.