WHY DO WE NEED IGNITE?
We are living in the last days. As mentioned in the book of Daniel 12:4, knowledge is rapidly increasing alongside the exponential growth in technology. Generation “Z” or the current generation of teenagers possess amazingly great potentials, but are facing unimaginable challenges and pressures. The formative years of the young teens are bombarded with information from various sources including those from authentic institutions such as schools, which pollute their minds or the very least confuse them with the faith that their parents and churches profess with that of a commonly professed ‘New Gen’ faith.
Our churches have many programs and activities for children and college students, but young people between the ages of 11 through 16 go unnoticed. They fall in ‘no man’s land’ in the mainstream programming of the church and are often left out in the sermon planning on Sundays by Pastors. In addition, due to the fast paced world we live in, we are lacking deep meaningful relationships. These children are neglected at home and church settings unintentionally, due to the stresses of daily life, parental or interpersonal conflicts. Chronic stress due to the lifestyle we are in, and materialism has caused us to be depressed, withdrawn, segregated, and self-oriented.