#1	
  PEER	
  PRESSURE	
  

The	
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#2	
  CHRISTIAN	
  MORALITY	
  

Naviga.ng	
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language,	
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#3	
  APOLOGETICS	
  

How	
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“Why	
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#4	
  SELF-­‐CONFIDENCE	
  &	
  SELF-­‐IMAGE	
  

The	
  struggle	
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  and	
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  desire	
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#5	
  STRESS	
  &	
  TIME-­‐MANAGEMENT	
  

Managing	
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#6	
  THE	
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Resis.ng	
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“good	
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#7	
  MEDIA,	
  SOCIAL	
  MEDIA	
  &	
  
TECHNOLOGY	
  

Finding	
  truth,	
  authen.city	
  and	
  focus	
  in	
  a	
  sa...
#8	
  FAMILY	
  ISSUE/BROKEN	
  HOMES	
  

Leading	
  confidently	
  despite	
  broken	
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  unstable	
  
homes	
  

[O...
#9	
  POLITICAL	
  &	
  SOCIAL	
  ISSUES	
  

Understanding	
  homosexuality,	
  abor.on,	
  
crea.on	
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#10	
  BEING	
  IN,	
  BUT	
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WORLD	
  

Living	
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  integrity	
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  so...
 
ARE	
  YOU	
  THINKING	
  

BIGGER?	
  

	
  
Find	
  out	
  more	
  at	
  
www.studentleadership.net.	
  
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Student Leadership University surveyed hundreds of students in 2013 to discover the biggest struggles they face. Their responses reveal what's truly on the mind of Christian students today, from age-old issues to topics unique to this generation. To find out more about SLU please visit www.studentleadership.net.

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#Trending: The Top 10 Topics Facing Today's Youth; SLU Think Bigger Series

  1. 1. #1  PEER  PRESSURE   The  need  to  fit  in  and  the  tempta.on  to  live  like  the   world  –  especially  sex,  drugs  and  alcohol   “The  new  defini2on  of  normal  is  to  drink  and   get  drunk.”     “The  pressure  to  want  to  be  loved  overpowers   us.”     “Kids  lose  themselves  and  their  faith  to  be   popular.”  
  2. 2. #2  CHRISTIAN  MORALITY   Naviga.ng  grey  areas  such  as  modesty,  music  and   language,  and  living  how  God  wants  us  to  live     “It  is  hard  to  stand  up  for  beliefs  when  they   don’t  know  what  they  believe.”  
  3. 3. #3  APOLOGETICS   How  to  defend  and  share  their  faith     “Why  do  I  believe  what  I  believe?”     “I  want  to  be  able  to  explain  [the  love  of  Christ]   to  people.”  
  4. 4. #4  SELF-­‐CONFIDENCE  &  SELF-­‐IMAGE   The  struggle  with  self-­‐esteem  and  the  desire  to  live   boldly  and  true  to  oneself     “I  want  to  live  as  a  child  made  in  the  image  of   God.”  
  5. 5. #5  STRESS  &  TIME-­‐MANAGEMENT   Managing  the  pressures  to  succeed  in  every  area  of   life     “How  do  I  do  it  all?”     “We  get  so  involved  in  clubs,  work,  church,  etc.   that  we  tend  to  leave  out  spending  quiet  2me   with  our  Creator.”  
  6. 6. #6  THE  STATUS  QUO   Resis.ng  the  pressure  to  conform  when  being  just   “good  enough”  is  considered  cool     “It’s  not  always  cool  to  be  a  leader  and  step   up.”     “When  nobody  expects  anything  of  us,  where  is   the  reason  to  try?”  
  7. 7. #7  MEDIA,  SOCIAL  MEDIA  &   TECHNOLOGY   Finding  truth,  authen.city  and  focus  in  a  saturated   society     “Technology  is  affec2ng  our  ability  to  interact   with  others.”     “I  need  to  focus  before  I  can  lead.”  
  8. 8. #8  FAMILY  ISSUE/BROKEN  HOMES   Leading  confidently  despite  broken  and  unstable   homes   [One  of  the  greatest  challenges  currently  facing   students  my  age  is]  “having  a  rela2onship  with   family,  especially  when  the  family  is  separated   by  divorce  or  death.”     “When  my  dad  leg,  I  went  down  a  bad  path…in   fact,  I  hated  God.”  
  9. 9. #9  POLITICAL  &  SOCIAL  ISSUES   Understanding  homosexuality,  abor.on,   crea.on  and  evolu.on,  and  social  jus.ce     “I  struggle  with  the  idea  that  people  are  or  are   not  born  gay.”  
  10. 10. #10  BEING  IN,  BUT  NOT  OF  THE   WORLD   Living  with  integrity  while  engaging  in  society     “Filtering  out  the  filth  in  life  and  staying   focused  on  Godly  things  can  be  very  hard  for   me.”     [One  of  the  greatest  challenges  currently  facing   students  my  age  is]  “knowing  what’s  socially   acceptable  and  what’s  biblically  acceptable.”  
  11. 11.   ARE  YOU  THINKING   BIGGER?     Find  out  more  at   www.studentleadership.net.  

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