The Church of Tomorrow Speaks about the Gospel featuring Nick Ertel

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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 4 minute clip, Nick Ertel shares the three things he'd like to say to every pastor in the nation.

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

Nick asks pastors and youth leaders to:
  • Build young and invest in the next generation of leaders.
  • Change methodologies to keep pace with the culture.
  • Be real. Don't water down the gospel.

Our personal success amounts to nothing if we fail to train-up the next generation. What is your church doing to prepare teens for leadership roles in the church and in the community? How can you make your efforts to teach them and to guide them even more intentional? Where do you need to challenge your teens or give them that "swift kick" Nick says his generation needs?
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Nick realizes that the "why" behind church outreach is far more important than the "how". That said, it frustrates Nick when churches fail to update their methodologies and get stuck in a "time warp". How effectively does your church deal with this tension of being in the world, but not of it? In what areas of ministry has your church gotten "wrapped around the axle" about the "how"? In what areas has it chased trends and watered down the "why"? What can you do to improve the dynamic between these two elements?
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Nick reminds us that the gospel needs no help in the relevance department. Take some time to think about what's going on in our culture right now. Make a list of some of the hot topics on the minds of your teens. How can you flood these topics with the undiluted truth of Scripture and help your teens better understand the gospel's relevance in today's world? Where do you need to "take a stand" and "be real"?
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