The TeenStreet Purpose
We work with the Church to motivate, equip and walk alongside (Christian) teens from all across Europe to have a real friendship with Jesus and reflect Him daily in their world.
What that really means:
"...WORK WITH THE CHURCH"
We are committed to working with churches and youth groups. There is no point in creating a 1 week ‘retreat’ for teens without giving them a positive community to be part of throughout the year. We are especially concerned with the smaller, under-resourced churches and youth groups that will really benefit from the training, resourcing and connecting that happens at TeenStreet. This is possibly one of the main differences between TeenStreet and other youth events in that the aim of TeenStreet is not just for teens but also for their leaders, equipping them to serve their teens well after the event has finished.
"...to motivate, equip and walk alongside..."
At TeenStreet we are not interested in talking at the teens... telling them what to believe. Rather we attempt to talk with them, helping them to make decisions based on convictions they have truly reached themselves. We have learnt that this generation needs to ‘experience’ something to regard it as truth. Standing at the front and telling people what they should believe is really not effective. The programme is an important part of TeenStreet, but the people up front connect with the teens by explaining the message through stories and interaction. Of course the experience does not end during the main sessions. It continues in various small group contexts throughout each day. We would almost be wasting our time motivating if we are not also equipping! To reflect Jesus, the teens don’t need to have a Theological degree, but they do need practical and real ways to go back into their world ready. Through seminars and workshops we help them to understand and use the gifts they have been given.
We often get asked whether Non-Christian or Nominal Christian teens can come along. We are really focused on building up Christians. Trying to please everybody can water down TeenStreet’s effectiveness. Having said that, if there is someone that is not quite sure about Christianity and you believe that TeenStreet would benefit them, we are willing to look at each person individually, by talking with their leaders, and seeking to find the most appropriate group for them to join.
"...to have a real friendship with Jesus..."
Many young people leave the church when they leave school. We believe that one of the key reasons for this is that they do not have a faith of their own. In fact many young people have been carrying someone else’s relationship with Jesus. They have been told that ‘this’ is how to live and ‘that’ is what Christ means to you. We seek to create an environment and communicate with the teens in such a way as to help them make decisions based on convictions they have truly reached themselves.
"...and reflect Him daily in their world..."
We desire to see teens refl ecting Jesus in their world. This process begins at TeenStreet with the TeenStreet Outreach and the Raise and Give [RAG] Project, and can continue through Teens in Mission.