3 Things to Look for In a Church Youth Group

How to Find the Right Youth Group for You

If you are one of those lucky Christian teens that gets to choose where they go to church, you may feel a bit overwhelmed about what youth group will work for you. There are all kinds of youth groups, ones that focus more on the fun, ones that are very serious and only focus on the Bible, ones that combine fun and Biblical principles, etc. Yet, how do you know what type of church youth group will work for you?

Here are three guiding principles to help you make your decision:

It Shares Your Beliefs

First and foremost, you want to belong to a church youth group that shares the same belief system as you. A Catholic teens may feel uncomfortable in a Baptist youth group. A Mormon teen may not like a Methodist youth service. Investigate youth groups within your denomination so that you feel comfortable with what is being preached and how the Word is being presented.

It is Invested in You

What does it mean that a youth group is invested in you? As Christian teens, you still have a lot of spiritual growth in front of you, and your youth group should be focused on helping you grow both spiritually, emotionally, and developmentally. That may seem kind of wordy, but basically you want a youth group that offers you activities that do more than just allow you to play games. You should know your youth group has both a focus on God while also allowing you to be social and have a little fun.

That's what being a teenager is about...growing in all kinds of ways. You should choose a youth group that meets you where you are in your own spiritual walk and offers you a chance to grow.

This also means that you need to be sure you can connect with the leadership, too. The adults that work with the Christian teens at your church will have an incredible impact on your life, but only if they are invested in helping you grow.

If a youth group is not guided by invested adults it may not be a good place to improve your relationship with God. Good youth leaders are key to a successful youth group.

It Holds Your Interest

Now, all kinds of activities and studies can be good, but only if you are going to get something out of them. If you have a youth group that does a lot of sporting events, but you are more of an art lover, those activities aren't going to do much for your spiritual walk. If you're not much of a reader, but all the activities are based on books and reading, you're not going to enjoy youth group all that much. Make sure that the services and activities are geared toward your own interest. This will make being a part of your church youth group more of a joy and far less of a chore.