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The Lockbox Theory: Faith Beyond High School October 22, 2008

Filed under: discipleship,ministry,youth culture,youth ministry — Dj @ 1:10 pm

The Fuller Youth Institute has put together a great article featuring the Lockbox Theory.  If you have a love for teenagers and seeing them grow, you really need to read this article.  It’s a tad lengthy, but worth every minute of reading.  Tim Clydesdale, associate professor of sociology at The College of New Jersey researched college students and found that they put things like religion and relational identity inside of a sort of loxbox.  Here’s a snippet from Tony Jones that I found extremely useful:

Back to the research, it doesn’t bear out that students get totally deconstructed, at least not the first few years.  The other thing is, speaking theologically, to be so afraid of what’s going to happen to your students, and even to withhold an adolescent from swimming in the culture, shows a great lack of faith in the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s ability to guard the faith of the young.

For those of us who believe in the Holy Spirit-which I believe few Christians actually do-I don’t think it’s my responsibility to bring a kid to faith or to keep a kid in faith.  It’s the Holy Spirit’s responsibility.  A lot of parents think it’s the responsibility of the youth worker they’re paying to make their kids stay Christian.  But no, it’s the responsibility of the Holy Spirit.

Great stuff!

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2 Responses to “The Lockbox Theory: Faith Beyond High School”

  1. drew Says:

    thanks for sharing that article. i really relate with it. i’ve been thinking that way for a while now and it’s always nice to know your ideas aren’t crazy. as cliche as it might be, the idea that we help plant the seeds and God does rest, is very true.

  2. Dj Says:

    It also releases a huge burden off of your shoulders because we are so wired to think that we have to do it all! And we don’t! We simply give our best to God and does all the work!


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