Tim Schmoyer, at “Life in Student Ministry,” has posted “6 Ways to Integrate Teens into Your Church.” Here are the six —
1. Serve in the church service.
2. Invite teenagers to youth leader meetings.
3. Encourage your Sr. Pastor to speak to them.
4. Invite the teens to give input into the sermon.
5. Include teens into small groups with the adults.
6. Invite teenagers into church board meetings.
What, if anything, is missing? What underlying assumptions feed his advice? What kinds of subjects must the church board meetings deal with if teens are appropriately there? What’s missing?
We’ve actually tried some of these in the past. In fact, we’re currently experimenting with having teens in the adult small groups. (It’s a work in process.) The only one we’ve never tried is asking the teens for sermon input.
So I’m not objecting to the ideas. We need to intentionally think about how we can better integrate teens, college students, and younger members into the life of our congregations. But can we do even better?