One of the recurring themes that I hear in my conversations with teenagers is the feeling of isolation because of what they believe.
This past Winter, I led two retreats to winter camp with my middle and high school students, respectively, and spoke at another one. In all, I encountered several hundred students and adult leaders from my own church, along with several dozen others. In general, students and leaders from varying socio-economic, geographical, and denominational bounds all admitted to feeling isolated from the culture, friendships, and in some cases, even family because of their faith. One of my own adult leaders who leads in the high school ministry told me that this issue permeates nearly all of her conversation with students and ought to be something that we explicitly address during our program.