Why do high school students participate in church activities? The question has been asked and answered abstractly and anecdotally for years. Still, no one working in church ministry with high school students really understands what motivates those who participate regularly in church youth group activities to do so. It seems that understanding these motivations would be a rather high priority considering what seems to be increasing disinterest in church among contemporary high schoolers.
Garland, K. (1997). Motivation to Participate: Understanding Students' Reasons for Participating as a Help in Growing a Youth Group. Journal of the American Society for Church Growth, 8(3), 33-58. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/jascg/vol8/iss3/3