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What Teens Want: Family, Religion, Marriage

August 30, 2007

A new study by MTV and the Associated Press reveals conservative priorities for teens, our next generation.

A seven-month study conducted by MTV and The Associated Press reveals young people find the most happiness in family, religion is important to them, and they see marriage and children in their future.

Nearly 1,300 young people aged 13 to 24 years old were interviewed in late April. When asked what one thing in life makes them the most happy, 20 percent said family, the top answer. Nearly three-quarters said their relationship with their parents also makes them happy, and most of the respondents listed their parents as their heroes.

Are Christians becoming too culturally savvy for the sake of teens? Could this be a generational rebuke to our method-focused ministries? How are we redemptively engaging the rising generation of leaders to help them ground their marriages, relationships, and religious impulse in a life and worldview that changes both the heart and behavior, spirituality and society?

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