Wowzers! What an incredible four weeks it has been. Today, I’m going to be talking about building and maintaining the habit of Christian fellowship.
In the Church
I believe that the best place to start searching for other Christian teenagers to grow with is (call me crazy) at your local church. Think about it: these are the teens that you’re already seeing once, twice, maybe even three times a week. You’re listening to the same sermons, attending the same Sunday School classes, and overall, taking in pretty much the same information. Chances are, these are the teens that you’re tracking best with… so why not connect with them?
What’s the best way to connect with the teenagers at your church? Well, I’ll give you a tip: Hang out where they hang. Unless you’re spending time with these teens regularly, you’re not going to be able to build healthy friendships with them. It’s just not going to happen.
For most churches, that place is youth group. There are going to be few, if any, other places that you will develop the kind of solid, godly friendships that you will develop at youth group. I mean, where else do you get an hour and a half to two hours every week to play games, sing, learn, and hang out with Christian friends? Youth group’s the highlight of my week. Just about every time I attend youth group at my church, I leave feeling encouraged and excited about my faith.
If you’re not already involved in the youth group at your church, I strongly encourage you to check it out. Although it is a commitment, I can promise you that it’s not a commitment you’ll regret making.
Outside of the Church
On top of building relationships with the teenagers at church, look for opportunities outside the local church. These opportunities may take the form of mission trips, weekend retreats, summer camps, etc. There are so many possibilities! Many of my closest friends are teenagers that I met on the mission trips and camps that I have attended over the years. Get involved with as much as possible. The more events that you’re able to attend, the more people you’re going to meet, and the more teens you meet, the more options you have for friends.
If you really want to build solid Christian friendships, you need to stop making excuses. Look for opportunities and get involved in those opportunities when you find them. It’s going to be uncomfortable at times, but anything worth doing in life is.