10 day challenges seem to be trendier than ever. That could be a good thing - a great thing! So often as youth pastors and leaders we want to see our students' faith go deeper. Don't we? Christianity isn't something we do on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. We want our lives to be living sacrifices to God! We want our students to get to that point too.
A 10 day challenge teaches your students to intentionally pursue God and deepen their faith. It not only teaches them how but it also teaches them that it's important to. It's a normal part of the Christian life to be intentionally pursuing our God.
The earliest 10 day challenge I could find in my research came from the Book of Daniel.
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
What if your students could put themselves to the test for 10 days? What if you could challenge them to see what growth they experienced in their lives and in their walk with God?
Jake Andrews has been working on this 10 day challenge during his spare time over the last three years. He contacted me and asked if I would be willing to share his material with you - for free. It's gorgeous looking and thoughtful. See for yourself.