Young people are too…well…young to be disciples.
Apprentices? Of course. Beginners? Sure.Trainees? Interns? Absolutely.
But not disciples.
We've convinced adults and parents that we have a program that can produce disciples. We perpetuate the illusion that we can take 13-year-olds and make disciples out of them. We actually act as though we can transform a group of inconsistent, uncommitted adolescents into mature, committed disciples by spending an extra hour or two a week with them.
Are students capable of heroic acts? Absolutely! Can a 13-year-old
be committed to Jesus? Yes, as long as we understand what we mean by committed.
Can young people make a difference in the world? Of course they can, but we're
still not talking about disciples.
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