How did you two come together?
We met at a pastor's wives dinner and immediately bonded over the search for the perfect nail polish color. I'm sure we talked about some church stuff too. But that was the beginning of a great dialogue about girly things. And we haven't stopped talking since.
How do you compliment each other?
Fallon: I love your shoes.
Trish: What?! I love your shoes!
What is it about young girls that pulls at your heart?
Both of us are passionate about the battle going on for young women's minds. It is more fierce than ever. It’s debilitating for many girls —the anxiety and depression they face. Their thoughts actually deposit harmful chemicals into their brain at an alarming rate—and they are suffering. We want to help repair that damage through God’s Word and the hope of the Gospel.
What have you learned about the young girls of this generation?
This is the "See Me" generation. Girls want to be seen and be known—and they willgo to great lengths for it. Fame is at their fingertips through social media and the lure to self-promote is ever-present. So, the pressure to be someone they are not is inescapable...unless the Holy Spirit can get a hold of them and establish who and who’s they are. That is our most ardent prayer.
How are they misunderstood?
Many times the church (and by church, we mean adults) wants to "tell" teenage girls how to act and then demand them to obey. Not only is it not very effective, it also seems to garner rebellion. If the church really wants to love their girls, it would be good for them to know that love is spelled, T-I-M-E. They don'tcare how much you know until they know how much you care. So, if you want to understand teenage girls, spend some time with them. They are wonderfully complex creatures with the capacity to change the world.
What is their number one pressure?
That's an easy one. It's the pressure to be perfect. And it doesn't always change with age, unless some deliberate, transformative work is involved. And that's what we're trying to achieve...young women who are secure in their position in Christ through training their brains and captivating their thoughts.
What kind of women do you hope to encourage and nurture?
Recently, one of our girls, who attended Rock Youth from junior high through high school, was offered a $250,000 contract with Teen Vogue as a photographer. It was her dream job. When she went to sign the contract they told her that her first shoot would be to capture the positive side of same-sex attraction. She took a deep breath and said "I'm sorry, but I just can't do that." She picked up her things and walked out the door. That's the kind of women we hope to grow here.
What does your ministry offer girls?
One of the greatest things we offer young girls is amazing female leaders and mentors. We believe they are the best in the world. We're preparing to launch Hey Gurl, our junior high discipleship series, at all campuses. It culminates in a purityceremony like none other. It's a beautiful sight, hundreds of teens making a public vow of purity. It doesn't stop there, however. We throw a shower forunwed teen moms, giveaway 1,000 dresses at a new event this year, and run a24/7 Rock Youth helpline available to students and parents. Essentially, our ministry never closes.
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