How do you define youth?

Discussion in 'Youth Forum' started by Bible Believing Bill, May 6, 2002.

  1. Bible Believing Bill

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    Yesterday we had a discussion about exactly who should be considered a part of the church youth. In our church anyone from 13 - 20 is considered part of the youth.

    Personally I think this is too wide of an age range for the youth. The younger ones in that age range do not have the same set of problems and concerns as the older ones. It is hard to draw an exact line where someone becomes an adult, but we must draw it some where. IMO once someone reaches 18 they are most likely finishing high school and getting ready to begin their adult life. This group needs different instruction from the 13 year old that is struggling with the issues of adolescence.

    It also seems that many churchs, mine included, tend to focus more upon the older youth and not so much on the younger ones (under 13). Who is part of your church youth? When do you feel someone should join the adults of the church? Does your church have a group of younger adults?

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  2. Brother Adam

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    Most churches I have been a part of have a junior high group, a senior high group and then a college group. This usually solves the problem.

    UNP
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    I go to a VERY small church, so there's not a real big "youth" group. There are a lot of kids, like between 3 - 10, and maybe 10 people between 12 - 18.

    Once a month, on Sunday nights, our mini-Youth Group comes out. We sing the specials, and greet the church family, etc.

    Basically, the only thing we don't do is preach! :D

    Anyway... back to the point. The Jr. High is one section, and Sr. High is another.

    The Jr. High classes are focused mainly on what they need to make it through High School... it's not easy, let me tell you, especially around here! :D

    The Sr. High classes are focused mainly on preparing them for marriage and adulthood.

    Every month, there is a church supper, and the SS classes take turns planning it.

    ~*~ Audrey ~*~

    [ May 06, 2002, 02:53 PM: Message edited by: Mrs. Audrey ]
     
  4. SorryDude

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    What is considered youth on this forum is what i would like to know. It seems to me that there are many people posting here who are much older, but then again i dont know if this forum is aimed at youth or aimed at disscusing youth.
     
  5. Bible Believing Bill

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    Its a little of both. Some threads are strictly youth, and many are discussing youth. It's just that alot of the topics fit better here than in any of the other forums.

    Bill
     
  6. SorryDude

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    Oh, ok thanks.
     
  7. SaggyWoman

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    For clarification, this forum is for youth and youth/children related issues.
     
  8. Bible Believing Bill

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    Thats what I said, Saggy. Only you made it alot more clear than I did.

    Bill
     
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    Oh, and by the way, I define youth as:

    6th and / or seventh and eighth grade (jr. High ministry) and

    9th through 12th as senior high ministry,

    and college students as college students

    BUT, THEY ARE ALL, IN MY WORLD, CALLED STUDENT MINISTRY.

    Of course, then there is children's ministry, which definitely includes K-5 or 6, but can include preschool.
     
  10. MeliChaCha

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    We have 3 groups... the youngest are under 6th grade, then we have 6th grade to 9th graders, then the high schoolers. There aren't many college age people at my church (it's just me and maybe a couple others), but my boyfriend and I (24 and 22, respectively) are training as youth leaders.

    Usually we'll start youth ministry activities all together (the 6th graders and up together with the teens) then split up for a bit, bringing everyone together again at the end got some food and fellowship (playing basketball, discussions, whatever [​IMG] ). Younger kids have AWANA on Wednesday nights, whereas the upper end of the youth has Saturday activities.

    We're still growing - we're actually trying to come up with a name now! :D

    - meli -
     
  11. MissAbbyIFBaptist

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    Well my church is REALLY small, but I love all of em like family. We used to have youth group, but there were only 4 of us. We've grown since then there are about 8 to 10 of us regularly. Now we have a sunday school class for the youth, but since there are so few of us, we are all in one class together. We range from 13 to about 19. We all seem to get along good. We have great discusions on the Bible and things in life in general. We mainly try and focos on evangelisum, and decipleship. I feel like I learn something new every week, and find myself looking forward to the times spent in class.
    If you have a large group, probably putting them in seperate groups is best, but if you're small, just keep them together.
    ~Abby
     
  12. rsr

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    I can't help myself.

    The older I get, the farther I'm willing to stretch what I consider young.

    What it is with the 30-something whippernsappers? ;)
     
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    LOL! I wouldn't know! I'm a 14 year old whipersnapper!
    In Our Saviour, Abby
     

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