The Church of Tomorrow Speaks about Working Together

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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 5 minute clip, Paul Wilson talks about the changes he hopes to see the church make in the next 5 to 10 years.

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

Paul shares his hope that the church will "set aside our differences and work together" so that we can "spread the message of God's unfailing and unconditional love to the rest of the world."

In order to love and to serve people better, Paul wants to see churches stop competing and start cooperating. Have you met any of the youth leaders from other churches in your area? If you have, how can you strengthen those relationships? If you haven't, how can you reach out and start getting to know them? What opportunities can you create for your youth groups to join forces and work together?
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Paul encourages the church to "use tools from our own culture" to help people understand what it means to be a Christian in today's world. He points to Jesus and his liberal use of parables. What icons can you borrow from popular culture in order to illustrate biblical principles for your teens? How can your church pour into this generation so that they are prepared to "go out and reach people in the world"?
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Part of understanding Christianity means knowing where to place our faith. Paul makes an excellent point about the trouble that comes when people put their faith in the church rather than in God. What can you do to help your teens develop a personal relationship with God—a relationship whose health doesn't depend on the actions of others?
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