Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what partnership does righteousness have with lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? (2 Cor. 6:14)
A person in their teenage years is at a crucial stage of life. It is a stage where a son or daughter is finding out what makes them unique. They have opportunity to mold their identities apart from their parents. A teen's identity is primarily formed by friends, media, and situational involvement.
A teen in the 21st century has many obstacles that were absent from the generations before them. Social media, internet and texting are just a few ways that they can be molded in an evil and devastating way.
A good and beneficial way for teens to experience the world and make their faith their own is not being sheltered. It is by making their faith their own alongside others in their age range who share a mutual faith.
St. John's believes in nurturing each teen's identity in connection to Christ and their earthly visible church. This is done through catechism training, teen service events and fellowship with other Christian teens throughout the region.