If youth aren’t leading, they’re leaving. -Lyle Griner, National Peer Ministry Director
People often ask “how can we keep youth in the church” and the answer is simple: invite them into leadership and support them along the journey. When people know they are indispensable, they stick around. They use their gifts. This is true for people of all ages.
In almost thirty years of programming, Camp Hope Ministries is one of the best ways to grow student leaders, connect churches to their communities, and pass faith on to families. Camp Hope achieves this by creating a culture of youth-led, adult-mentored ministry.
As Aaron West of the Houston Chronicle writes:
Anyone walking into Holy Comforter Lutheran Church in Kingwood over the next few weeks probably wouldn’t be blamed for wondering where all the adults are. When eight teenagers have been hired to lead more than 40 elementary and middle school kids in a series of Bible lessons, drama activities and crafts, it’s a question that might come up. Read full article.
In this video from “Faith Camp” (the name for Camp Hope at Faith Lutheran in Bellaire, Texas, which is currently in its 23rdseason), it’s easy to see why former campers and staff are bringing their children to camp, some even spending the week with their grandparents or other family so they can attend!
Camp Hope offers a Spanish version, Sembrando Esperanza,with congregations all across the US and in El Salvador participating.
Now is the time to begin making plans for next summer. Is God calling you to grow young leaders and reach out to your congregation and your neighborhood through Camp Hope? Your congregation can host this camp on your own or in partnership with other organizations or faith communities.