The Church of Tomorrow Speaks about their Future

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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, Tyler Gramling offers his thoughts about what we can do today in order to make a difference tomorrow.

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


In this short clip, Tyler gives us a lot to think about. Of the things he shared, what really jumped out at you or caught your attention? Why? How can you translate this into something that's relevant for your teens?
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Tyler hopes that in the future the church will become "something that maybe is not liked by everyone, but is something that can't be ignored." Our relationship with Christ makes us different. Tyler reminds us that when people see that difference alive in us, it makes a positive impact on them. As a pastor, youth leader, or mentor, how are you using your life to show your teens—not just tell them—that something is different?
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Society's twisted view of sex is a social issue Tyler wants the church to address. He says the church needs to provide practical answers that go beyond what's covered in the Bible. "What is sex?" "What's OK?" "What's right and what's wrong?" "Am I a virgin if I've done this or if I've done that?" "Is it OK to live with my boyfriend or girlfriend even though we say we're not having sex?" What can you do to help clear-up these kinds of ambiguities about sex and help teens establish healthy sexual boundaries?
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The biggest misunderstanding about Tyler's generation is the assumption by pastors that kids "don't have it that hard...they just complain a lot...stuff isn't really that bad." Tyler points out that he knows teens who "struggle with some really difficult stuff," things that most adults never face. How can you make sure that the young people you minister to get the help they need to handle whatever it is they're going through?
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For more information about groundSWELL, please visit http://groundswell.tv