For our youth (and anyone else in the church really) to develop deep learning and engagement with their faith, they need to experience and choose and participate more in their learning. Most of us have seen a teenager who has become passionate about an issue be able to preach about it, raise money for it, and bring others into the conversation. How do we mentor teenagers on their faith journey as they take ownership of their own learning? How can we facilitate new conversation and collaboration and connection among our youth as they learn, grow, and experience their faith in a new way?
I don’t know the answers to many of these questions because I am just grappling with them myself. But I wonder what our environments might look like if we took this notion seriously. What if we thought of formation as more like coaching than teaching? Where we give them the tools and the motivation they need, and then let their natural talents, curiosity, and passion inform their work? I’m just beginning to toy with this idea, and would love to hear from you if you have thoughts about this idea: Shannon@episcoformation.org.