Welcome the first experiment with our book study feature!  We are exploring Sticky Faith by Kara Powell & Chap Clark, so we invite you to join us.  Be sure to share with your friends if you find this useful!

Book Study | Sticky Faith | Chapter 6

Maybe it’s their exposure to much of the world older generations were sheltered from at that age?  Maybe it’s the pressure of college admission standards demanding they be involved with at least a dozen clubs/volunteer efforts/community service groups if they want any hope of a future beyond high school?  Maybe it’s just God’s gift to the world through them?

No matter how you get there, there is no denying that children and teenagers at this exact moment are the most cause-driven and have a greater capacity for compassion towards strangers than any generation in existence.  Can we take a moment and thank God right now for them?  Amen?  Amen!

Amongst all the mission trips, servant events, and the longing to pursue social justice efforts, many teenagers still struggle to connects these many singular opportunities with greater and holistic purpose and understanding.   Sticky Faith has some great suggestions for how to impart such purpose and understanding to the social justice efforts of our children:

Serve together as a family.  One of the most common phrases I hear students using to encourage other students to attend our high school mission trip is “You just gotta go!”  A shared experience adds amazing context to any debriefing.  Not only that, but your kids will always be most impacted by what they see you modeling.

Make it a process, not an event.  Frame, experience, reflect, debrief, and continually connect what they experienced with how God has shaped them currently.

Develop ongoing relationships with those you serve.  There’s a great divide between committing an arbitrary act of kindness apart from the human experience and serving a person in the context of their existence and seeing the transformational impact your efforts have on their context and life.

Make justice part of your everyday life.  Parents shape their children dramatically more than anyone else.  When parents choose to model behavior that shows they care about others, their children get “it”!

How are you intentionally shaping your children to care?