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Eric Mathis on Expanding Teens’ Vision of Worship
Defining “worship” is an essential step for churches that want to start including youth in planning and leading worship. Teenagers long for worship that connects to life issues such as justice, imagination, and the arts.
Conversation | February 14, 2017
Teenage Youth Worship Leaders: Wisdom for Teenagers and Those Who Mentor Them
Eric Mathis offers wisdom for teenage worship leaders and those who mentor them. This workshop, designed with teenagers and their mentors in mind, focuses on the task and responsibility of leading worship when those closest to us are present.
Audio | February 13, 2017
First Steps for Including Teens in Planning and Leading Worship
Integrating youth leadership throughout the church is a new paradigm. But churches are reaping the benefits of mentoring youth to plan and lead worship.
Feature Story | February 13, 2017
Why Youth Need to Be Leading Worship Regularly NOW
When congregations empower teenagers to use their gifts in meaningful ways over time, teens are more likely to imagine themselves as faithful disciples and devoted worshipers for decades to come. Two summer programs in worship, theology, and the arts inspire teens and mentors.
Feature Story | February 09, 2017
Faith Formation in Children, Teens and Emerging Adults
Children think differently from adults. Greater understanding of how children think can help parents, pastors and ministry leaders foster healthy faith in each stage of development.
Article | September 21, 2016
Faith Formation from Birth to Age 20
This fast-paced audio session is helpful for parents, teachers, mentors and anyone who cares about the faith formation of the next generation.
Audio | August 24, 2016
From the Inside Out: Guiding Adolescents in Worship Leadership
A discussion-based workshop to work toward establishing a framework for shaping the habits, practices, and formation of young worship leaders.
Audio | March 04, 2016
Dale Sieverding on Cultural Differences in Recruiting Youth
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched a summer camp to train young Catholics to lead in local liturgical ministries. They discovered that finding gifted youth requires different approaches in different cultures.
Conversation | February 09, 2016
How Ritual Training Overflows into Expressive Worship
Lay training in both formative and expressive liturgy helps Catholic adults and youth live out their identity in the universal priesthood of all faithful believers. Protestants can learn from this.
Feature Story | February 09, 2016
Praying and Leading with the Psalms
This workshop offers ideas and activities, many of which have been used with junior high, high school, and college youth, for working with the psalms in small groups or educational settings to prepare pieces that can help lead worship or devotional study.
Audio | February 25, 2015
Kathy Hanson on Youth Delivering Homilies
Usually teachers give the homily during daily worship at Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, New Jersey. When the school asked every eighth grader to give a homily, the results surprised and blessed the whole community.
Conversation | November 07, 2014
What Makes All Ages Delight in the Psalms
The learning went both ways when two school communities decided to “dwell in the Psalms” for a year. Their Psalms-based creations revealed that the Spirit can work through kids and adults of any age to nourish faith.
Feature Story | November 07, 2014
A Commissioning Liturgy for Young People Going Away
After high school many young people move away, often leaving home for the first time. This major life event can be acknowledged in the church. Here is a commissioning service based on 1 Corinthians 12.
Worship Service | August 13, 2014
The Church of All Ages Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography of resources useful to reach all ages of a congregation.
Bibliography | April 16, 2014
Growing Congregational Health for Teens to Thrive
This workshop explored ways in which a congregation can present an atmosphere that welcomes and encourages teens.
Video | February 26, 2014
Planning Worship with Teens Showcase
This showcase gathers up several resources to help you teach young people about worship. Many of these resources have been adapted from the Worship Apprentice program developed at Calvin College.
Topic Showcase | December 02, 2013
Planning Worship With Teens
Sharon Veltema on how to plan worship with a Youth Ministry Team.
Article | November 20, 2013
Learning About Worship
Sharon Veltema on why understanding how and why we worship is fundamental when planning worship, especially with young people.
Article | October 03, 2013
Jeff Meyers on Signing Bibles to Promote Intergenerational Faith Formation
Pastor Jeff Meyers explains why First Union members write in Bibles presented to youth graduating from fifth grade and high school.
Conversation | October 03, 2013