0:46 Youth leader voices
4:00 Many of the questions young people have in this season are religious in nature.
5:45 Only 10% of young people in your research said that a faith leader or religious leader reached out to them personally.
11:26 What we can learn from a teen saying, “No one reached out to me.”
13:50 What is behind the decline in participation in youth ministry?
19:31 Many young people don’t know how to connect with a church even if they wanted to.
21:50 Giving young people answers to questions they aren’t asking, and the implications of being in the “out group.”
24:20 Building trust with young people.
28:15 Ideas to stay engaged with students if our church is answering the questions they aren’t asking.
30:40 Practices that help us build trust in relationships.
36:29 A youth leader story
“I don’t think it’s the failure of individuals… I haven’t met a youth director or pastor or campus minister yet who didn’t care enough or wasn’t working hard enough.” - Josh Packard
“What matters is that young people still feel alone and disconnected. What we need to get at is solving that.... And sometimes that I think is just relentless pursuit, relentless follow up.” - Brad Griffin
“I needed to hear, “It’s not my fault.” Once I heard that, I could move on and actually be helpful to my students.” - Giovanny Panginda
"Consistency over time can lead to a breakthrough.” - Brad Griffin
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Mentioned in this episode and other resources:
Video: Instagram Live with Brad Griffin and Dr. Josh Packard
Research report: The State of Religion and Young People 2021
Springtide Research Institute and Dr. Josh Packard
Pew Research: Young Americans are less trusting of other people - and key institutions than their elders.
Pew Research: Millennials’ views of news media, religious organizations grow more negative
Christianity Today: The 8 People Americans Trust More Than Their Local Pastor
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Related FYI resources:
Blog: What young people want your church to know as you reopen
Blog: Doing youth ministry during the pandemic