What are the Biggest Obstacles/Sins Holding Our Students Back From Running After Jesus?

I am working on a little project and would love your help.  I have been wrestling with this question:

“What are the biggest sins / obstacles holding back our students from running after Jesus?”  

At first glance, when I think of this question, I immediately go to behavior management and think that it is drinking and sex.  If our kids would just say no to the two deadly sins of student ministry, then they would have no problem running after Jesus.  But the more I drill down, the more I am convinced that there is so much more going on in the lives of our students, and even more in their hearts.

I am trying to come up with a list of some of the major sins / obstacles for both guys and girls that suffocate them spiritually.  Here is the beginning of my list.  I would love to know what you think.  Especially if you are a woman.  I have talked with my wife and some other women in student ministry to help round out the list, but I know it is still incomplete.


  1. Passivity
  2. Pornography
  3. Anger
  4. Video Games
  5. Zero relational capacity
  6. Crudeness
  7. Self Absorption


  1. Anxiety / Depression
  2. Gossip
  3. Comparison
  4. Body Image
  5. Mean Girls Lifestyle
  6. Performance
  7. Insecurity

This is just the beginning of the process for me.  I would love / need your insight to make this a better list.  Would you be willing to take one second and simply add to this list, push back on this list, and together we can help our students wrestle with the more underlying issues in their lives, so they can run more fully after Jesus.