United States (MNN) — New research says that teenagers want more than just fun and games at their youth groups. They truly desire Godly advice and teaching.
LifeWay Christian Resources did a survey of more than 1,000 18-30 year olds in April and May 2007. The results indicate that "teens are looking for more from a youth ministry than a holding tank with pizza," said Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research. "They look for a church that teaches them how to live life. As they enter young adulthood, church involvement that
has made a difference in their lives gives them a powerful reason to keep attending."
With this knowledge, churches and parents can better design their youth group programs. The research revealed that 70% of adults ages 23-30 stopped attending church for a year between the ages of 18 and 22. However, two-thirds of those who stayed involved all the way through said that church became "a vital part of my relationship with God." Teens want teaching that helps them face the difficult, everyday decisions they face.
Conclusion: Despite the appearances, teenagers crave direction. Parents and churches who team
up to guide them are more likely to keep young adults involved.