Your generation is an amazing generation. You believe that you can change the world, and I believe you can. God’s Word is clear that people of your age have the ability to affect change not only on your immediate circle of peers, friends, and family, but also on the culture at large. But what needs to be changed?
Only about 4-6% of your generation embraces core Christian beliefs. That’s a stunningly low number. We’ve lost a sense of the Sacred and we desperately need an awakening, a quickening of our hearts toward God. We’re not willing to be satisfied with that number, and we think you’re not either. Join us in readying ourselves to stir this generation to a desire to fall in deep, passionate love with Jesus, and through that relationship look for opportunities help make His name great among the peoples again.
Junior High is a major transitioning time for young men and women. This is the time that you’re beginning to learn what it means to be an adult. You’re experiencing the joys that come with a little more freedom, but you’re starting to learn that with more freedom comes more responsibility.
We want this growth to take place in your spiritual life too. We believe that this is a pivotal time for your spiritual development. This is the time when you first begin to wrestle with your faith, and we want to mentor you through that process. We want to help you “own” your faith because when you do, your generation will be a force to be reckoned with for the Kingdom, and for His glory. We commit to do our best to provide you an environment and activities that will help foster a deep, passionate love for Jesus, and through that relationship plenty of opportunities to serve Him by serving your church and your community.
Parents of Students
The Student Ministry at FBC Lutz aims to equip students in their pursuit of God through Jesus Christ. And we know that YOU are the most important person in your student’s life. You will have the greatest impact on their spiritual pilgrimage. For that reason, we want to encourage your student and your family. Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, and Camps & Events are designed specifically for the family that has students of all ages.
A note to parents taken from Dr. John Townsend's book, Boundaries With Teens, Zondervan Press:
Get to Know Your Teen
As you revisit your teen years, think about your relationship with your parents. Did you feel they wanted to understand and connect with you? If so, you know what a positive impact this can have on a kid. It not only helped you like yourself, it likely made it easier to accept their boundaries and corrections.
But if not, how did it make you feel? What difference might it have made in your life if your parents had expressed interest in understanding and connecting with you? You have that power to make that kind of difference in your teen's life, simply by getting to know him and his world. Here are some ways to do just that.
Aim to know who your teen is rather than to change your teen. Your teen needs to know that you want a relationship because you want a relationship. This must be primary. If your teen thinks you want to talk to him so that you can change and fix him, you are lost, and you will get either resistance or pretense. So second-guess and check your motives at all times. your teen will be checking your motives as well.
Listen more, lecture less. Your teen should be using a lot of the information she learned from you and trying it out. Adolescents are working on experiencing life more than they are receiving head knowledge. While you should always be teaching, guiding, and correcting, the focus needs to shift. Listen more and draw her out, so that you can see what she is thinking about and struggling with. Refrain from moralizing about every wrong thing you hear.
Ask questions. Ask questions that require more than "yes" and "no." Instead of asking, "How was school?" which can be answered with an "Okay," ask, "What did you do first period?" or "Tell me about the science test; what were some of the questions?" or "What is Daniel up to these days? I haven't seen him for a while."
Follow up with more questions that are based on what you have heard. For example, suppose you asked about Daniel and you heard, "He's okay...he had a big fight with his girlfriend." Go after the fight. Keep finding out more.
Begin with questions about facts, move to thoughts, and then to emotions. Your adolescent needs for you to know him at a heart level, not just at an event level. This opens him up to your parenting him where he truly lives. For example, you might say, "What did you think about Daniel's argument with his girlfriend? Did you agree with his side or hers?" Now you are into his thoughts and opinions. After that, you can ask, "Did you feel bad for him? Were you angry with her?" You are now helping your teen express and put words to emotions and feelings deep inside himself.
Great words of advise from Dr. Townsend. I recommend this book highly!
- Pastor Dan