O. Chambers tells us that “Until others learn to draw on the life of the Lord Jesus directly, they will have to draw on His life through you. You must literally be their source of supply, until they learn to take their nourishment from God.” I can see that in my children and how they are slowly taking nourishment for themselves, rather than from their parents. You begin totally dependent on your parents to give you everything. But then slowly, you reach and grab it for yourself.
This is a wonderful start for young believers as well. However, if they continue to sit in the pews with their mouths open and being spoon fed, then I think there is a problem. We are all children of God with the exact same lifeline and connection. We are all saved by the abundant Grace of God. He is there reaching for us. Therefore, seek as your pastor seeks, pray as your priest prays.
Young believers can benefit from a discipleship time with an older believer. But the younger believer must drink from the stream (meaning the living water of the word/God). We all need to be taught and challenged. We must gather with other believers and fellowship because we cannot do it alone. However we should not ride on coat tails, but reach for the living God for ourselves. I am challenged today to reach for the nourishment. I urge you to do the same.