The school year is upon us again! Students are beginning to cringe, knowing that homework, tests, essays, and studying will soon consume their lives. For those of you who are parents, a sense of peace and relaxation might be present, as you can now find some time to breathe and relax. Maybe this means you can pick up a book again, get back to your daily routine of cleaning and working out, or simply sit and enjoy the silence of an empty house. Whatever it is, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to this year and what God has in store.
One thing that comes to mind every year is activities. These countless events fight for your student’s attention. It’s only a matter of time before something gets left out; then you’ll have to choose what is most important in your child’s life.
More often than not, church is something that slowly gets forgotten and left as a last resort. I can honestly say I lived this way for a long time. I was a sports fanatic, playing soccer through college, and church became something I went to if practice was canceled or we had a day off. If there is anything that we want most for our students, it’s that this would not be the case for them.
We don’t want church to be a weekly event that becomes another check on the list, a forced interaction, a boring pastime, or a forgotten event. We want our student ministries to be a place your kids want to be. Most importantly, we want students to understand that their relationship with Christ is more important than any sporting event, band performance, or other extracurricular activity.
When it comes to deciding where they are going to spend most of their time this year, we hope our students choose strengthening and growing their relationship with Christ. The only way that will happen is if they are focused on making Jesus the number one priority in their lives, rather than a touchdown, perfect grades, or a well-rehearsed symphony.
Let’s be a church that wants to radically invest in the next generation and push our kids to be the Christ-centered difference-makers that we know they can be!