Youth group graduates tend to equate their faith to a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” – to a list of behaviors. Tragically, when students with this behavioralist view of their faith fail, their feelings of guilt cause them to run from their faith and the church, just when they need them the most. In contrast, a “sticky faith” is one in which students know that their faith is bigger than any mistake or moral failure. As young people head off to new campuses, jobs, or the military, ahead of time help them identify specific friends and family members they can talk to when they face tough new moral dilemmas and struggles.
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