I found this video last week on Compassion’s blog giving some great reasons to make youth a priority. This was from their chapel service a while back. It reminded me of Wess Stafford’s message at Catalyst West last year. Compassion is an organization that prioritizes youth like few ever will, but this was a challenge for the employees (I’m assuming that’s mostly who was in attendance) to do so in their individual lives as well, and for the church to move beyond merely entertaining kids to equipping them to be disciple makers.
Lenz shares some amazingly painful statistics that reveal the need to prioritize youth. I’ll leave you to hear for yourself in the video, but here’s the bottom line:
- 2 out of 3 people who accept Christ, do so before they’re 18. Where would our resources make the most impact?
- The enemy is attacking children. Who will defend them?
- It’s the heart of Jesus to love children. “…it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” than to hinder the young from knowing Him.