IF WE LISTEN TO THEM, WHAT WILL WORSHIP LOOK LIKE?

Worship has the potential to be the most important training ground for young people to hear and tell the story of God working in the world. And, worship has the potential to be the place where young people are regularly reminded that they are made in the image of God, that they matter in the kingdom of God, and that they have a place in the body of Christ, just as they are. Yet, churches have limited the role of young people in worship. Congregations have permitted young people to lead worship only a few times a year rather than on a weekly basis. They have placed young people in separate buildings and spaces, away from adults and children, robbing the church of all ages the opportunity to worship with the complete body of Christ. They have falsely told young people that they are the “future of the church.” Yet, teenagers are the church in the present. Teenagers are the church now.