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Lesson 5- A Sticky Youth Group

Lesson 5- A Sticky Youth Group

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Published by Joseph Horton
Much of this material draws from resources created by Kara Powell, Chap Clark, Brad Griffin, Cheryl Crawford, and others at the Fuller Youth Institute.
Much of this material draws from resources created by Kara Powell, Chap Clark, Brad Griffin, Cheryl Crawford, and others at the Fuller Youth Institute.

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Lesson 5 A Sticky WYG
Church announcements, upcoming events, and prayer.
Last Week: “Sticky Families” | This Week: “A Sticky WYG”
(Most of the content from this lesson is taken from Chapter 7 of 
Sticky Faith: Youth Worker Edition
The Big Question:
What will help the Winchester Youth Group become anenvironment that better builds sticky faith? How can we create a stickier WYG?Here are five ideas for a stickier WYG:
1. The WYG should be Jesus-centered.
Here’s What Jumped Out at Me As
a Youth Minister:
“Nearly 80 percent of high school seniors in our study cited ‘I like my youthminister’ as the top reason for their being part of the youth ministry.”
get to the rest of the list momentarily.
When it comes to the youth minister, l
ongevity is important. “One of the
themes that stood out from our interviews was the pain students felt whena youth minister moved on. In particular, kids who experienced multipleyouth minister transitions during their high school years often becamedisi
llusioned and disconnected from the youth ministry.”
Full Disclosure: I do not have an exit strategy here. I have never been givena compelling reason to leave. But if I were to leave, I would want the youth
ministry to carry on in a healthy way…
 For this to happen, the WYG should not be centered on me or any otherpersonality. It should be centered on Jesus. We should take a cue from John theBaptist, who said,
must become greater; I must become less” (
John 3:30
2. The WYG should be about connecting young people with God
.The rest of the top five
reasons seniors gave for being part of a youth group
:2. I learn about God there.3. I feel comfortable there.4. I can really worship God there.
5. I’ve always gone.
 Reasons 3 and 5 hint at complacency but reasons 2 and 4 tell us that youngpeople are involved in youth ministries because they desire to learn about andworship God.And yet, this desire does not match up with spiritual practices in the private livesof young people, namely
prayer and Bible reading
. “Less than half of the
surveyed students said they prayed daily, and only 83 percent claimed to pray atleast once a week. Bible reading showed up even less frequently: 42 percent saidthey read the Bible weekly, and only 12 percent
read their Bibles daily.”
Table Talk Questions:
What have we been doing well in connecting young peoplewith God? What else could we be doing to connect young people with God? Whatare some specific ideas for making prayer and scripture play a more central role inour youth ministry?
Encouraging News About Retreats:
“Our studies found that retreat experiences
(overnight, away from home) were important to faith growth for the students inour study. In fact, when analyzed across all three years of the survey, attendingretreats during high school was one of the few youth group activities
independently correlated with Sticky Faith.”
3. The WYG should be about connecting young people with other young peopleand with faithful adults.Connections With Adults Are Important.
“Looking back on their youth group,only one in five students felt, ‘My youth leaders really knew me.’”
This means thatmore than likely, many young people in our youth ministry feel unknown byadults at church.
On the other hand, the effects of feeling known by adults
during high school stretched across several years afterward.”
Connections With Other Young People Are Important.
“Looking back a year later,
the three things students remember as most significant about youth group are:(1
) the adults involved, (2) the community formed, and (3) friendships.”
Table Talk Question:
How can the WYG better connect young people with otheryoung people and with faithful adults? How can we help these relationshipscontinue after high school? Come up with some specific ideas.
4. The WYG should provide space for doubt and deep conversation about faith.
“Most kids
their faith in high school, but few talk about those doubts. Yetthe students who feel most free to express doubts and discuss personal problems
with youth leaders and their youth groups show more Sticky Faith.”
Jude 22
: “Have mercy on those who doubt.”
Table Talk Question:
How can the WYG intentionally create space where doubtscan be shared? Come up with some practical ideas. (If people have troublecoming up with some, share from pp. 147-148 in youth worker edition.)
What did young people want to see more of in their high school ministries?
1. Time for deep conversation.2. Mission trips.3. Service projects.4. Accountability.5. One-on-one time with leaders.
We’ll talk about numbers 2 & 3 when we talk about “Sticky Justice.” For now,
check out numbers 1, 4, & 5.
They don’t want to play more games.
Listen to this from a student: “If drawing
directly from my high school ministry, I would define Christianity as being about
pizza parties and entertainment alternatives.”
Overwhelmingly, high school students wanted to go
deeper in relationships andconversation with adult leaders.

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