Find Opportunities to Serve
During the teen years, you can expect your child to spend a great deal of time trying to find their place in the world. Teenagers who serve in the community reinforce their spiritual understanding as they reach out to share God's Word with others. In fact, helping to bring others to Christ renews your child's spiritual commitment.
You can help your child find opportunities to serve in their community as well as at church. For instance, your child's youth group may go on mission trips where they have an opportunity to help others. These trips are excellent ways to foster your child's spiritual development and nurture their independence.
Pray Together as a Family
Family prayer time is more than just a way to spend a few minutes before dinner. Praying together is an opportunity to model what a close relationship with God looks like in your family. When you involve your child in a family prayer, you also invite them to open up about the challenges that they face.
Make sure to create an open atmosphere during prayer time where each member of the family can share their concerns and offer thanks to God. The awareness that your family is praying for them gives your teen strength when they face a challenge to their spirituality.
Negative peer influence can be a serious challenge that teens face as they attempt to draw closer to God. Fortunately, you can counteract this influence by encouraging your child to spend time with other Christian teens.
Youth group services, camps, and fundraising are all wholesome activities that allow your teenager to make friends who support their desire to live a Christian lifestyle.
Tap Into Their Interests
Teenagers sometimes find traditional church music to be boring. Help your teen find praise music and sermons that appeal to their interests. For example, your teen may love blasting their Christian rock or hip-hop albums to relieve stress. Alternatively, they may prefer listening to a teen-friendly sermon on a podcast.
Share Your Story
Although you definitely don't need to share all of your mistakes with your teen, it does help to open up about your journey to Christ. Let your teenager know if you have ever questioned your relationship with God and share a few stories about how you found your way back.
Be Open to Tough Questions
Teenagers often question many aspects of their religion as their exposure to the world grows. Make sure that your teen knows that they can come to you with questions. By staying attuned to your child's mindset, you can continue to nurture their growing spirituality.
At Harbor Baptist Church, we believe that our youth are the leaders of tomorrow. Come visit our church or give us a call to learn more about the exciting things going on in our youth ministry.