Everyone wants the latest and greatest studies and resources for their youth group. In a world that constantly changes, it seems our resources need to do the same. There is, however, a cost to shifting resources and seeking out the latest and coolest study guide. It there any continuity? Is there a Reformed perspective? Does it matter? Yeah, it should matter.
I work closely with Faith Alive appreciate the passion and care they throw at all of their resources. As they produce and recommend resources, they ensure that there is a Reformed perspective, solid Biblical grounding, and strategy around ongoing education. The challenge is that when youth leaders and church educators are surveyed, these things are not high priorities.
Look, I’ll admit that sometimes when I’ve searched for resources to use at youth group, I surfed websites for cool, entertaining material and often my goal was to find a few good lessons for the next few weeks. I wasn’t very strategic, and while some of the resources were pretty good and made an impact, many others just didn’t do the job very well.
There are definitely some really good resources that are God/Christ-centered and impact young lives without having a defined Reformed perspective. I’m not implying that every lesson needs to have a Reformed perspective. But I would challenge youth leaders and church educators to look at the lessons over the course of a year. Look strategically and critically at lesson plans. Are you helping your youth group to understand the Bible and world from a Reformed view?
There are plenty of articles, blogs, discussions, and sermons that highlight the alarming number of youth leaving our churches. There are plenty of reasons for this, but I wonder how many of these exiting youth understand and value our precious Reformed theology and the clarity it brings to their life journey? Anyone else wonder where the “Reformed” is found in our youth groups?