There is no prescription or program for creating a culture of warmth, challenge, and grace in the church. It is going to look different for every congregation. Warmth is characterized by displaying Christ’s love for all people and a personal invitation to be a part of the community of believers. It is an environment where all baptized members are consistently reminded and shown they are an important part of the Body of Christ.
The challenge is willing to engage in tough spiritual conversations that now seem to be happening at younger ages. Standing firmly in God’s Word, it faces the questions and confusion young people experience living in the darkness of sin with the light of the Gospel. The other opportunity this challenge provides comes as believers seek to live out their faith through the work of the Holy Spirit. Challenge doesn’t underestimate young people but gives them opportunity to grow in their various vocations. Grace is an echoing of God’s love and forgiveness to others. As youth struggle, grow, and change, they need parents and supportive adults to constantly remind them of their chief identity as God’s beloved baptized child.
Resources for Warmth, Challenge, and Grace
Resources encourage congregations, church workers, parents, and church members to prioritize:
- sharing of personal stories of failure, grace and joy.
- fostering an open and honest environment where youth share joys, questions, crisis, and doubt knowing God’s Word will be spoken in love.
- willingness to engage in tough spiritual conversations.
- creation of opportunities where failure is not avoided but met with grace and forgiveness.
- Warmth, Challenge, and Grace (Teens/High School)
- Volunteer Management
- Junior Confirmation
- Sunday School
- Help for Sunday School Teachers
- Help for Youth Group Leaders
- Youth Ministry