Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now…”
Hebrews 10:24–25a NLT
Over the past several years we have seen young people more digitally connected than ever before. Yet, ironically in the midst of this digital age, we were also seeing young people more relationally isolated than ever before. Loneliness, anxiety, and depression is on the rise for this generation.
Now we find ourselves in the era of COVID-19 with the need for social distancing and isolation, we are all faced with challenges we have never faced before. It’s easy to see why young people are frustrated, bored, lonely, anxious, and even depressed. These are unprecedented days.
The good news – we can stay connected. Social media has played a critical role in keeping us together in this. However, as wonderful as it is to be connected digitally there is nothing like community.
Here’s the deal; from the beginning of God’s Story, we are told that He never intended for us to live in isolation. He specifically designed us to crave – and thrive in relationships. We are wired for connection. Even when we don’t realize it or desire it, community is often a critical part of the answer.
Youth for Christ exists to connect with teens in authentic relationships. It is our passion to see teens find life through a relationship with others and with their Creator. But that’s just the beginning. We can only be a part of the story. If teens are going to thrive in relationship we believe it is imperative that they are connected to a dynamic faith community that can offer life-long community.
The great news – we are surrounded by countless amazing churches that desire to be your community of faith.
So, take the next bold step – find a faith community that will love you and give you the opportunity to love others the way God designed us. If you need help finding that community, reach out to us at YFC. We’d love to help. After all, we are all a part of our own faith communities that help us walk and thrive in relationships as well.