We're super excited to continue to build our non-profit, Generation514 while having a laboratory to invest into the hearts, minds, and souls of students and youth workers alike. God is too good! And this church is amazing with a grand history - one being, it's the church George Washington was a part of... that's pretty darn awesome!
I wanted to tell you that just yesterday our NEXT youth group curriculum came out, and its all about the Church. we know that students are disengaging from church and from youth groups all over the country, for a variety of reasons - the main one is that they are so busy and they don't see the point or the relevance AND what they do see in the church isn't all that attractive - at least what is being conveyed to them through social media, etc... They see a group of people who can't even get along with each other let alone be a blessing to the world... this is a major problem and we wanted to tackle it with this months teaching.
A while back I wrote this in my journal:
I long for the CHURCH to be a place of grace, love, tolerance, and warmth - and not just to the world, but to each other.
I long to minister without fear, where God's people are known for kindness and where everyone is fully embraced, especially the marginalized and the hurting.
I long for the CHURCH to be slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen.
I long for the CHURCH to be a place that is fully committed to orthodoxy but also isn't ever threatened by or afraid of questions.
I long for the CHURCH to be committed to robust intellectualism while at the same time embracing mystery, being wide open to the power and presence of God's Spirit.
I long for the CHURCH to be a place where people experience the warmth of God and where they sense God's pleasure.
I long for the CHURCH to be a people who are fully committed to truth but never at the expense of love. Truth and love must always go together.
I long for the CHURCH that is more committed to people than programs.
I long for the CHURCH to be a blessing to the world - to be a city on a hill, salt, light, and to be sanctuary.
My hope is that the CHURCH becomes known to the world for the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.
The good news is that I am seeing the Church waking up and doing wonderful things in the world. I'm so encouraged and extremely pleased by what I am seeing in young people and their heart for what God is longing to do in the world and how they want to be a part of it. But this teaching series is our shot at showing how vital the Church is, what it's called to do, and how they, as teenagers, can play a vital role. We are super excited about it! Check it out here.