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What A Girl Needs

I grew up in Girls Ministries, and graduated in 2010 with a Gold Medal. I was the first ever for my home church, and the first in many years for my New York District. For me, Girls Ministries was a safe place to express myself, learn about God, and build relationships with the girls in my group.

In the years since my graduation, these things have not changed. Girls Ministries is still a safe place for girls to learn about Christ in a way that is tailored to their age, and designed to build godly relationships with both the girls in their groups and their leaders. What has changed, though, is the world in which our girls live. It is nearly impossible to be a child in the 21st century. It is even more impossible to be a girl in the 21st century. Our girls are consistently bombarded with information. With the advent of the Internet, social media, and the myriad of other things that vie for their attention, teaching millennial girls can seem like a daunting task. As a leader and mentor, I cannot begin to count the amount of times I’ve prepared a lesson, only to have my students’ attention be pulled away by something else. The quick and easy solution to this is to integrate activities and adventures into the lessons.

Regardless of our political climate or how technologically advanced our society becomes, the gospel never changes. It is our duty as leaders to ensure that we relate this gospel to our girls in a way that is relevant. In the same way that the Scriptures state that faith without works is dead, we can say that knowledge without the ability to practically apply it is useless. By interweaving activities and mini-adventures into the lessons, girls are:

·       afforded a practical opportunity to put their knowledge into action

·       given ministry opportunities in a safe and structured manner

·       offered the privilege of forming lifelong bonds with both their sponsors and fellow club members.

In today’s world, our girls need a place where they can feel safe enough to ask the difficult theological and life questions. They need a place where they can explore their talents and learn their calling. They deserve and require godly friendships and mentorships. These things happen organically when girls are comfortable and enjoying themselves.

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