La Crescenta Presbyterian has created a new youth group called Overflow, which organizers hope will inspire high-school teens to bond with college students and encourage them to stay active in church at a time when they might otherwise wander away.
Spearheading the growing group is youth director Cameron Hackett, who joined the church last year. If it weren’t for a mentor he had when he was a college student, he might not have found his way to Christianity at all, he said.
“We want kids to slow down, connect with each other in worship and realize the decisions they make in their high school and college years are the foundation for who they are going to become,” Hackett said.
Hackett also credits a quote he heard from Chap Clark, a professor at Fuller Seminary and author of 17 books on adolescents, for the idea behind Overflow. Clark said that 80% of young adults will continue in their Christian faith if they have four or five vested non-parental mentors while in their teen years.