How do you get youth to commit to youth group?
How do you get church members to commit to church?
Same question, I think; only slight difference.
This was a discussion we had yesterday in a group called “YouthWorker Roundtable.” The way the issue was raised particularly interested me; it came up in the context of youth (of course) wanting “to make God a priority.”
Can you make God a priority without your youth group or church being a priority?
No, you can’t.
Let me clarify: I don’t mean you have to be part of an established, institutionalized church.
What I do mean is that no, you cannot worship God the same way in the privacy of your home or on the lake or the golf course as we do in the church.
Beginning a couple hundred years ago, the church, especially the church in the US worked hard to free up God from the Church. In doing so, we separated such things as “making God a priority” from any particular evidence in one’s life that God is, in fact, a priority.
The proper follow-up question to the claim of “I’m making God a priority” is “how?” Not a judgmental or sarcastic or holier-than-thou “how?” but a “how?” nevertheless.