The fast-paced culture that many of us live in leaves little room for reflection, a necessary element for learning. It is no wonder that high school students can complete a course in high school and remember little of it. Analyze the spiritual practices of a normal teenage and the dominant component would be attending a church-based program on a regular basis. Again, it’s no wonder that students struggle spiritually upon graduation from high school and they’re ‘out there’ on their own. What if youth ministry leaders helped their students develop personal foundations for their faith? I know that most do that now, but are there methods to help students develop a vital relationship with Jesus Christ?
I think one of the primary means for this is reflection and meditation. Think about it: The ‘dramatic’ moments of spiritual growth in a student’s life are often when they spend significant time engaged and reflecting. Summer camps, retreats, and short-term mission trips provide extended engagement and meditative moments on Scripture and in prayer.by