We do a lot of work with young people, as you know. There are all kinds of reasons for that. Jenny and I met when we were teens in our church’s youth group. When I was a teen leader, I learned some things and had some experiences that showed me the kind of preacher, and parent, and partner, and person that I wanted to be. I’m still working at it. And I can work on it because I continue to work with teens. It’s easy to grow when you have good teachers.
Spend five minutes with these teens and you’ll have a story like mine. And that’s the thing here: these kids are changing things, right now. They deserve all the guidance, care, respect, and help we can give them, because they put one hundred percent of that investment right back into making a world that works for everyone. Can you lend a hand?
As part of our service to the youth, we host at least three retreats a year. At our events, teens and young adults from all over the place gather to get in touch with their roots, take that beautiful tradition into the future, and make a real difference right here and now. Every speaker at our retreats is an ordained minister or licensed teacher. Our small group materials and other activities are written by the teens, but are vetted by ministers. Every moment is designed to empower attendees with a richer understanding of what it means to be a Christian. At every retreat, we do a real service project for a local spiritual community, and along the way we learn the value of service and putting our faith into action. Safety, organization, and respectful treatment are of the utmost importance to us, and we are doing everything we can to insure that the overall experience is in alignment with those ideals.
Our mission is Identity, Authenticity, and Empowerment, and each retreat is an important step in the process of taking those values into the next generation. I’d be deeply honored if you’d give some thought and prayer to the idea of helping some teens and young adults be a part of these life-changing events.
You can help by learning more. Please visit events.iamunity.org, the official website for our events. There you’ll find a registration form, a flyer, and all kinds of supporting information.
You can help by signing up. If you are, or you know, a teen or young adult, please visit the site and register. I’m standing by to answer any questions or comments you might have.
You can help by spreading the word. Please share this page with somebody who ought to know about it. Put it on your social media. Send an email. You never know who you could reach.
You can help by supporting this mission. There’s a donate link on the right-hand side of this page, or you can visit PayPal directly and use the “send money” feature to contribute to email@example.com.
I can’t tell you how many times adults have come up to me to say thanks, to let me know how inspired they are, and to share how different their lives would be if they’d known about these ideas when they were young. We don’t have a time machine, but we do have this moment. Right here and now, those kids ARE us. Can you help them, and help yourself along the way?