Like adults, teenagers often experience a great deal of stress every day. And, like adults, teenagers can benefit from developing good stress management skills.
One of many things that has been lost in modern culture is the commemoration of a boy becoming a man. For that matter, when does a boy become a man? Many people would say when he turns 18. Others would say obtaining a driver’s license or a first job is the turning point.
Seeing that a rite of passage into manhood is lost in many modern cultures coupled with the failure of mature men to train and mentor boys, it is easy to understand why some boys have difficulty with the concept of becoming mature, responsible men.
The Challengers Prayer Vigil is a tool and opportunity for Challengers® and their leaders to periodically pause and evaluate personal progress and development in living out their on-mission commitment. Challengers should periodically (annually or twice yearly) get alone with God in an unhurried setting to evaluate how they are developing as missional Christians.
The purpose of the Challengers® advancement plan is to provide incentive and recognition for young men who pursue a missions lifestyle under the Lordship of Christ. Incentives and awards are built into the system to recognize and reward godly obedience.
|Challengers is a missions organization for teen boys ages 12–17 or in grades 7–12. Through Challengers, young men have opportunities to grow in their relationships with God and their peers. Challengers learn to look beyond themselves and become actively involved in missions and ministry.
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Challengers® is the WMU® student missions organization for boys in grades 7–12 (or ages 12–17).
Challengers isn’t the name of a group, it is the goal. It’s where we desire our young people to be—on mission with God. As young men plan and participate in missions activities like praying, giving, Bible study, ministry, and witnessing, they become Challengers.
Through Challengers, teenage boys will: