creating Christian foundations in high school

  • 40 to 50 percent of young Christians fail to stick with their faith or connect with a church after high school.1
  • The majority of teenagers are incredibly inarticulate about their faith, religious beliefs and practices, and its place in their lives.2

With more than 26 million students enrolled in secondary school3, the ministry of Cru is trusting God that every high school student will know someone who truly follows Jesus Christ.

Cru has staff and volunteers reaching out to high school students across the country. This January, I was asked by the Cru High School national leadership to update the design of their new Bible Study curriculum for student movements in the US.


With these materials, high school students will learn fundamentals of faith—being assured of salvation, experiencing God’s love and forgiveness, walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, praying, and introducing others to Christ. Suddenly, students who are inarticulate, can share the gospel with their friends and family.

Designing for high schoolers is challenging. Too silly and it feels like it’s for kids. Too much text and it’s for adults. Balancing good design, good content and fun can make faith and walking with God approachable and transforming. We are just in the beginning stages of designing prototypes and then collecting feedback.

I am praying these studies have a broad influence:

  • deeper understanding of God that results in deeper faith
  • changed lives results in others hearing how God loves them too
  • that the faith introduced in high school will be foundational for them as adults as they join the church and raise their own families. Pray with me!

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