Monday, August 27, 2007

Youth Ministry Network | Families Make Youth Happy

“In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and one’s children will have a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26

The results are in. What makes young people happy? According to a recent survey of 13- to 24-year-olds conducted by The Associated Press and MTV – it’s family. In case you missed the widely publicized results last week, here are the highlights:
† Spending time with family was listed as the number one thing that makes young people happy, followed by spending time with friends.
† 73% said their relationship with their parents make them happy
† When asked about heroes, half mentioned one of their parents.
† Nearly half say religion and spirituality are very important to their happiness.
† Hardly anyone said money makes them happy.

Jacqui Thone of the Youth Ministry Network writes, “As a mom, I’m thrilled to hear it. As someone who works with children, youth and families, I’m even more excited. What an opportunity to support parents in their very important role of faith nurturer and to look for ways to bring together families in our ministries. By working together with parents, we have a great opportunity to help our young people grow in faith and live the “abundant life,” that Christ claims for them.”

Are you surprised to know that you have so much influence on your children’s happiness? Our church wants to partner with you in being happy and blessed, especially through our confirmation, Sunday school, and youth ministries. For more information on the survey, go to

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