At church, we have don’t have a regular youth group. Instead, we have two groups. One group is for the guys (“Man to Man”) and one group is for the gals (“Girl Talk”). Fathers meet with their sons and mothers meet with their daughters. These groups are for those who are 10 years old and up. Our desire is to help parents disciple their children, through puberty into adulthood. The format is quite simple. On Wednesday evening, all of the fathers meet with all of the sons. During that time, mothers are meeting individually with their daughters (often combined with some fun activity together). The next Wednesday evening, the groups are switched. All the mothers meet with all of their daughters, while the fathers are meeting individually with their sons.
Our pattern is to use some book (or group study) that is appropriate for the group. The fathers read the book to their sons and launch from there into a discussion. After the discussion, we often play a game together. Last night, we began a new book with the guys: Practical Happiness by Bob Schultz. Here’s an excerpt from the back page: “Behind their brave and independent exteriors young men are searching for answers. Without counsel how can they find the path that leads to inner joy and lasting contentment? … Practical Happiness offers such counsel. Through short, captivating stories, Bob Schultz has crafted a book to lead young men toward a life of contentment that can only be found by seeking the heart of God. Young men will learn that happiness is not found in what they have, where they go or their next exciting adventure, but rather in their attitude and response to life–especially when things aren’t going ‘their’ way.”
Pray for the young men to grow up to be godly men.