You obviously have a great deal of passion for helping young people, but from my point of view we don’t compete with the world by providing so-called Christian “alternatives.” I believe Christian young people are actually looking for ways to be used to do something significant, to let God work through them. Most of them go to dances because nothing right now captures their focus. We need to channel our young people into activities that get them involved in the lives of other people. A dance, once a month, doesn’t do it.
I’m amazed to see high school kids capture the vision for lost and needy people when they’re involved in things like summer mission trips. These missions have changed the priorities of so many young people.
Their mission does not have to be restricted to foreign countries. The needy and hurting and lost surround us, but the vision first must come from adults like yourself who want to change the focus of young people from “ serve me” to “help me serve others with the Christ-life.” We should be instilling not “serve us” but “service.”