The Christian Parenting Podcast

February 06, 2024

Navigating Teen Faith: Lasting Discipleship with Brad Griffin

I'm genuinely thrilled about the conversations we've been having, and I hope you are, too. So, let’s dive right into week four of our discipleship series. Today, we're shifting our focus towards a group with a special place in my heart: teenagers. Don’t be afraid; lean in, and let’s learn to disciple this age well!

Discipleship for teens is a unique journey that requires us to think deeply about how we can help them develop a faith that doesn't just survive but thrives beyond their youth group years. It's a challenging and incredibly important topic, so I'm excited to have Brad Griffin from The Fuller Youth Institute joining us today. 

Brad and I dive into the Faith Beyond Youth Group book, an initiative based on extensive research into why many teens lose their faith after they leave home. This book and our conversation tackle the hard questions and offer insights into how we can better support our teens in their faith journey. In this episode Brad and I talk about:

  • the importance of teaching our kids the character of Christ. It's not just about head knowledge; it's about helping them see and experience Christ's character daily. 
  • The crucial roles of authentic trust and identity in developing a solid faith foundation for our teens.
  • The value of leaning into our community. The support system within our faith communities can be a game-changer in our teens' discipleship journey.

This episode is packed with practical advice, encouragement, and the reminder that our efforts in discipling our teenagers are worth every moment. So, whether you're a parent of a teen, a youth leader, or someone who plays a significant role in a teen's life, this conversation is for you.

Before we wrap up, don't forget to check out our Discipleship Simplified guide, it is designed to support you in your faith journey with your family.

Thanks for tuning in to this week's episode. If you've found it helpful, please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review. Your feedback helps us reach more parents and guardians looking for guidance and inspiration. Let's continue to support each other in raising godly teenagers in an ever-changing world.

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Steph Thurling is Executive Director of Christian Parenting and host of The Christian Parenting Podcast.

Steph has her master’s in youth, family, and culture from Fuller Theological Seminary and has a background in youth and children’s ministry. She is co-author of Raising Prayerful Kids, a book that shares easy, life-giving, and fun ways to teach kids to pray. She loves helping families grow closer to each other and to God through meaningful experiences and conversations. Steph is a frequent speaker at churches and mom groups and is known for her relatable stories, practical ideas, and gentle encouragement.

Steph lives in Minnesota with her husband and three amazing and hilarious kids. When she is not hanging out with her family, you can probably find her on a walk with a friend, organizing things that won’t stay organized, or somewhere cozy reading a book.


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