This is our summer programming for this year. At first I thought it would be only for our core group, but I was proven wrong! Our event is called Reality Check, and each week we begin in a large group setting where 4 specific, real-life issues are discussed broadly. The youth can then choose which topic to attend based on their own life issues. I, and my advisor team, all teach different small groups for an hour, and then we come back for food and fellowship afterwards.
The youth are made aware each week of what topics we will be covering, and they can then invite specific friends based on what they know their struggles are. This is a non-threatening environment where a specific issue, rather than a “you're going to hell” message is preached. But each issue presents an opportunity to share the Gospel. Hopefully this summer will serve as bait for the next school year. So far to this point, the results have been outside of all of our expectations. God does stuff like that.
Rachel Pennington, Director of Youth Ministries, Mt. Olive Brethren Church, McGaheysville, VA
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.