Have you read this survey on teenagers?

Have you read this survey on teenagers? George Barna, the Christian demographer, released a national survey of 602 teenagers, in which they were asked to describe what they think their lives will be like in ten years. And their responses are intriguing.
Boding well for an academic community like ours, their top-rated priority for the future was finishing a college degree (93% of them declaring that by the age of 25 that would definitely or probably happen). Their next highest ten year life goal was to “have a great paying job” (81% of these teens believe it will definitely or probably happen). Their third highest goal was to “have a job where you can make a difference” (80%). And just behind that was their #4 goal, to have “a close, personal relationship with God” (72% felt such a relationship would definitely or probably be a reality ten years from now).  The rest of their top ten ten-year goals in this survey were: #5, travel to other countries (71%); #6, to be “actively involved in a church or faith community” (63%); #7, to be married (58%); #8, to regularly serve the poor (48%); #9, to have children (40%); and #10, to “be famous or well-known” (26%).
Interestingly, George Barna notes, “Current church attendance appears to be a better predictor of future religious activity than is a teen’s religion affiliation. Among weekly attenders of religious youth groups, 60% said they definitely will be involved in a church in the future, which compares to just 22% of teens who attend less frequently and 14% among teens who never attend such religious functions” (http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/366...).
So how is it with our Pioneer teenagers? Take, for example, this morning’s worship platform filled with our own “tweens” and teens, active members of our Pathfinder Club, the Evergreens.  Take a long, hard look at these kids who are “our own”—bright young Seventh-day Adventist Christian teens.  And then ask yourself the question, How high a priority should it be for this congregation to invest its best energies, its most dedicated leaders, its deepest sacrificial giving to ensure that “our own” survive their own uncharted voyage into the next ten years?
After all, look at the world they’re inheriting—political upheaval dominoing through the Middle East, economic uncertainty East and West, moral confusion in Hollywood and a society practically salivating for our teens’ immersion into its culture. Shouldn’t their church, our church be a safe haven for young hearts?  That’s precisely why I’m so grateful for the men and women who lead our young—in our Pathfinder and Adventurers Clubs, in our Sabbath Schools from nursery to youth, in our church schools at Ruth Murdoch and Andrews Academy.  They remain year after year our unsung heroes in this battle for the heart and soul of every generation!  And to them the rest of us owe a genuine debt of gratitude.
“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)—if ever there were a divine injunction (and promise) for Creator-worshiping Adventist kids, wouldn’t it be this?  And if ever Creator-loving Adventist grownups needed to seize the moment to support their young with all the time and money and volunteering energy we can muster, wouldn’t this be that time?  Won’t you help us help them?

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I worship with you via computer every Sabbath and enjoy it very much. I was a single Mom with two little ones in Tennessee (now recently moved to California), and wished so many times that my young son had a Christian male to befriend him. On one occasion, the Pediatric physician in our church took him to a large field and flew his model plane with him and he still talks about that to this day. His adoptive dad didn't take any interest in him and my son needed a Christian male influence so badly. Now he is in his 30's and doing quite well, but not in the church. I took him to Sabbath School from the time he was born until he was older and refused to go. The church really should look around and take a special interest in the youth, especially the ones from broken homes. They are our future. Thank you for your wise remarks and I ask would the church family please pray for all the youth and young adults that are making life and death decisions every day.

Far too often a confusing time for Tweens and Teens. But Grandma wasn't the first to think about it. Thank the Lord for it...It does happen: "Train up a child in the Way he/she should go...and when they are older... they will stay with Truth as it is in Jesus. Praise the Lord, His Grace IS Sufficient for all who are willing to be lead by His Spirit... it's happening all the time.

I heard by way of grapevine that Pastor Nelson would be the main speaker at the North Carolina campmeeting this year at Lake Junaluska at the end of May. I would like to know if this is accurate. I watch his program every Saturday afternoon and if he will be that close to me I would like to make arrangements to be there that week. Could you let me know. Thank You

Pastor Dwight, please tell me if this is your experience in the USA as well: When I was growing up in the 80's here in South Africa, the cool kids were certainly not the Jesus freaks! They (and I) were the smokers and the drinkers, the ones who got expelled from school etc. The more rebellious you were, the cooler you were. Now it seems completely the opposite - its very cool nowadays to be "saved". Everyone goes to a youth meeting, or plays in a christian band or speaks in tongues... I think Satan has very cleverly altered his strategy from one of kicking against religeon, to one of making religeon cool and fun... But is it true religeon...

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