The Church of Tomorrow Speaks about Purpose and Missional Living

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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, Riley Mailman, a 17-year-old high-school senior, encourages the church to reach out to his generation by offering them "a cause they can live for."

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

Riley worries for his unchurched generation. He says, "Kids want something to be bold for." He zeros in on their desire for purpose—for something they can stand up for—as an inroad for the church, an untapped means of outreach.

In a world where movements blossom and wilt in a single season, the cause of Jesus Christ stands apart because it never withers. Christ offers lasting purpose. What is your church doing to reach out to teens who are searching for something to live for?
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Take a minute to search online for an organization you've heard teens talk about. What do you think makes this organization attractive to young people? How can you tailor the outreach programs at your church to be appeal to this audience?
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Once teens have accepted Christ, they need to be discipled. As Riley talked about this, his questions focused on Jesus. "What did Jesus stand up for?" "What did He come to do?" "How do we live and grow at these things and live this out?" What can you do to keep the answers to these kinds of questions at the forefront of your teaching?
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Riley asks the church to show teens what it looks like to live missionally. How can you equip your teens for the mission field in their high-schools and in their families? What can you do to mentor them as they take up the cause of Christ and step into their role as the next generation of leaders?
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For more information about groundSWELL, please visit