North Idaho Photography :: Coeur d'Alene | Post Falls


Youth Group Problems and It’s Not a Salvation Issue??

Although this youth group is part of a church community that is highly devoted to discipleship, the failure to implement that discipleship at the youth group level is a problem that needs immediate attention. By leaving kids alone for 45 minutes, there is a lost opportunity to engage with them and promote positive behavior. In addition, kids tend to talk about immature topics when left to their own devices, which is not what we want from a youth group environment.

Furthermore, there are many socially awkward kids who are not being reached out to, which can lead to feelings of isolation and exclusion. When left alone, they may resort to social media rather than engaging in meaningful conversations and activities.

The use of personal instruments during group time is also problematic, as it promotes separation rather than connection. And during large group time, only a few leaders are engaging with a select few kids, leaving many others feeling left out.

In terms of the lessons being taught, the leaders seem unsure about the accuracy of the Bible and its teachings. This lack of confidence can be detrimental to the faith of the youth, who need strong and unwavering leaders to guide them.

Upon speaking with the church elders about these issues, they seemed dismissive and unwilling to engage in meaningful conversation about the Bible and its teachings. When we raised the question of the biblical account of creation and the length of time it took, they quickly dismissed it as a non-salvation issue. This is a problematic response, as all aspects of the Bible are relevant to our faith and salvation. 

The Elders responded to our concerns by suggesting that we attend the 101 class to learn more about their beliefs and practices. They even went as far as to suggest that their church might not be the right fit for us and recommended that we explore other churches in the area. This was a disappointing and disheartening response, as we had hoped for a more constructive and collaborative conversation. It seems that the leadership is not open to addressing the issues that we have raised and instead prefers to brush them off as insignificant or unimportant. As a member of the congregation, I believe it is essential that the leaders take the concerns of their members seriously and work towards creating a more welcoming and engaging environment for everyone, especially our youth.


Timothy Eberly

Photography is not only a passion of mine, it is a mission. I strive to capture the images that move me the most. Images that glorify the creator God. As a result, the subjects of my photos vary from time to time. I hope that the photos you see here help you in some way. I know they help me daily. God bless.