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Title: Spiritual Mentoring of Teens


1
  • Spiritual Mentoring of Teens
  • Chapter 3
  • Never Quit on a Child

2
Does this describe your teenager? (Y/N)
  • ___ 1. Hes not very responsible at home and/or
    at school.
  • ___ 2. She is moody (easily angered, upset, or
    frustrated)
  • ___ 3. She is always on the phone with her
    friends.
  • ___ 4. Sometimes she dresses inappropriately.
  • ___ 5. He seems to listen more to his friends
    than me.
  • ___ 6. She doesnt want to participate in family
    activities.
  • ___ 7. He doesnt talk to me like like he used
    to.
  • ___ 8. She doesnt think about her future
    enough.
  • ___ 9. I wonder if he is thinking about being
    sexually active or trying drugs.

3
Finish the following sentences
regarding your Teen
  • 1. I get a little frustrated when my Teen
    __________
  • __________________________________________.
  • 2. I become really angry when my Teen _________
  • __________________________________________.
  • 3. I remember a time I was ready to give up when
    ________________________________________.

4
Stages of Adolescence
  • Whats Normal?

5
13 Year Old The Baby
  • Body changing quickly
  • Hormones stirring
  • Appearance
  • Image
  • Comparison with peers
  • Open, naive
  • Dependent, needy
  • Easily upset
  • Mood shifts
  • Low attention span

6
14 Year Old The Dissenter
  • Willful, argumentative
  • Uncooperative
  • Passionate
  • Self-centered
  • Inclined to tantrums
  • Mood shifts (extreme)

7
15 Year Old The Fledgling
  • Calmness
  • Availability
  • Desires to help others
  • Sensitive to others
  • Intelligence, cognitive development
  • Conversation
  • Learning

8
16 Year Old Sweet and Sour
  • Values challenged
  • New things are tried
  • I know everything
  • Sexuality
  • Sweet to friends
  • Sour to family

9
17 Year Old Romantic/novice
  • Maturity stage
  • Wants to be an adult
  • Not able to be adult
  • More sociable
  • Connecting w/ people
  • People as individuals
  • Boyfriend/Girlfriend

10
18-21 Year Old World Leader
  • Concerned about future, world, social causes
  • Explore the world
  • More independence
  • Increase responsibility
  • Forms own identity (Intellectual, rebel,
    crusader, etc)

11
Summary of Teenager Traits
  • Outward appearance is important
  • Wants to have a sense of belonging
  • Challenges the ways things are
  • (rules, values)
  • Influenced by peers
  • Wants more independence, privacy
  • Experiences shifts in moods

12
Not all Teens are Rebels According to Researcher
George Barna
  • 70 have daily conversations with mothers
  • 53 with their fathers
  • 92 are happy
  • 91 are responsible
  • 77 important to have clear purpose in life
  • 56 (church) make a difference in this world
  • Praise God, but its no time to Coast

13
7 Habits of Highly Relentless Parents
  • 1. Pray, Pray, Pray
  • - … pray without ceasing 1 Thessalonians
    517
  • - Pray for the child and yourself
  • 2. Choose to be active and involved (personally
    and spiritually)
  • - Attend childs activities (sports, music,
    dance, etc)
  • - Go out for ice cream or meals together

14
7 Habits of Highly Relentless Parents (contd)
  • 3. Dont take No for an answer too easily
  • - Be persistent without being pushy
  • - Be discerning as to WHEN is the best time to
    talk
  • 4. Show our heavenly Fathers steadfast love
  • - Though the mountains be shaken and the
    hills be be moved, yet My unfailing love for
    you will not be shaken Isaiah 5410
  • - Let Gods faithfulness and love for you be
    the model to express and demonstrate love
    for your child.

15
7 Habits of Highly Relentless Parents (contd)
  • 5. Renew your mercies every day
  • (Lamentations 322-23)
  • - Just as Gods mercy toward us is constant,
    so should our mercy to our teen be.
  • - If last nights argument was talked out and
    resolved, leave it behind.
  • 6. Nurture yourself as you nurture your teen
  • - Guard your own spiritual, emotional, and
    physical health.
  • - Develop a network of supportive family and
    friends

16
7 Habits of Highly Relentless Parents contd
  • 7. Resolve to Never, Ever give up
  • - No matter how frustrated, angry,
    disappointed, stressed out, exhausted you
    may be, resolve to be the best mom or dad
    you can be.
  • - Be relentless, make it a commitment to God
  • Let us not become weary in doing good, for at
    the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do
    not give up (Galations 69)

17
Which of the 7 Habits do you need more of?
  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • Ask God to help you develop these habits

18
  • Chapter 4
  • The Goal of Spiritual Training

19
What should we desire for our teen spiritually?
  • A personal, vibrant relationship with Jesus
  • A head filled with wisdom from Scripture
  • Skill in filtering through Christian worldview
  • Ability to articulate and defend the Bible
  • A desire to make Christ known through Life, Work,
    Service, and Witness

20
Teens Traits of Great Parents, Pt. 2
  • Loving acceptance, concerned with all areas of
    childs life
  • encouraging presence
  • Truly cares about whether their child succeeds
  • Cares enough to tell a child he/she is wrong
  • Genuine, honest, insightful in understanding
    where their
  • child is at (emotionally, spiritually)
  • Set the rules and make clear the purpose of them
  • Share their own struggles as teens
  • Are real with their teens, showing they are doing
    their best to walk with Christ also.

21
Teens Advice to Parents About Nurturing
Spiritual Growth, Pt. 2
  • Take a proactive role in your kids (earlier start
    the better)
  • Equip them to study the Bible for themselves
  • Be a good example of Christ in and out of church
  • Need personal time to nurture their spiritual
    development
  • Build up your teens and make them confident

22
Why do you want your child to be spiritually
mentored?
  • How can you help build up your childs faith?
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