The Church of Tomorrow Speaks about Participation

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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, Hope Rangle talks about changes the church can make to help teenagers become active participants at church, not just attendees.

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

Hope sees her generation as "a link to the future of [their] own churches." She encourages us to take advantage of their presence in church—to "really reach out to the  teenagers and bring them closer to God."

Hope identifies a church's failure to capture the attention of teens as a serious barrier to participation. What is your church doing to provide a worship environment that your teens and young adults can connect with and enter into? What else can you do create an atmosphere that facilitates and inspires their worship of God?
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Another possible barrier is how a sermon is delivered. Hope reminds us that teens can't apply what they don't understand. Who do you trust in your church to give you honest and useful feedback about your sermons/teaching? Do you check in with those people regularly? Going forward, how can you better serve your teens and young adults?
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Hope highlights the importance of giving young people opportunities to serve. She says this kind of participation "takes you from going to church to being part of a church." How many teens currently volunteer at your church? Which church programs would benefit the most from increased involvement by teens? What can you do to actively solicit their participation in these areas?
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For more information about groundSWELL, please visit