The Church of Tomorrow Speaks about True Discipleship

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On March 1, 2012, the Leadership Network hosted groundSWELL, a three-hour online conference for teens. Speakers ranged in age from 13 to 19. In this 3 minute clip, Freddie Davis shares his conviction that true discipleship means "impacting people's lifestyle and culture" outside the church's walls. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.

Freddie Davis wants to see the church get involved in people's lives beyond Sunday mornings (or Wednesday nights)—to see discipleship moved out from behind church walls and onto front porches. He believes we can encourage people and really make a difference when we:
  • figure out how to "go into the culture of people's lives"
  • talk about things like homosexuality, drugs, peer pressure, sex, and divorce
  • stretch out a hand to people who need help
  • make disciples here, in our own nations

Teens need adults to be out on the front lines of culture with them—to guide, to counsel, to offer practical advice, and to help them get back on their feet when they stumble. While the programs in our churches serve an important function, they don't replace this kind of one-to-one discipleship. How much "front porch" time are you spending with your teens?
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Freddie brought up homosexuality—a topic mentioned by several other teens in their groundSWELL interviews. How are you handling conversations about homosexuality with your teens? What else can you do to help them navigate this difficult topic?
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Listening to Freddie, I thought, "Wow! This young man is already poised to reach out and make a huge difference in people's lives." What can you do to empower teens like Freddie in your sphere of influence? How can you encourage them and give them the confidence they need to be that "front porch" friend for someone else?
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For more information about groundSWELL, please visit