Todays writing assignment was not possible because it asked for me to look at a dictionary. Having already memorized the whole thing, I threw it out years ago. In reality, I go online if I need something defined, so practically the assignments parameters were beyond my control.

My new assignment I’m self directing is to remember a recent writing thrust requested by YouthWorker Journal. I have joined their “writers only” email list, as I would be interested in contributing to their periodical in the future.

If I recall correctly, they recently asked potential writers to write on the subject of worship. More specifically, “How do you gets teens to worship?”

A decade ago I became the youth pastor at a church that had not put any value into worship outside of the primary worship service containing adults. As such, most teens had the working assumption that our youth meetings would be 90% for games, and 10% for a time when a youth leader would get spiritual and blather on for a whole 10-15 minutes about something God related. They might even open a Bible. Maybe.
One of the early changes we made was to start discussing and demonstrating why worship was a value we needed to have followers of Christ. This had to happen on many levels, from head, to heart, to hand.
HEAD We took time in adult leader meetings and in teen leader meetings to discuss scriptural reasons why we should worship. This was not just a dictorially driven discussion, but a fresh and honest interaction with scripture and each other.
HEART We worshiped together as leadership teams, by bringing in capable experienced worship leaders that would help bring us to a collective and personal point of intentional times of worship. By doing it as a team, the “buy in” by the leaders made the eventual transition in large group youth times less of an unnatural hiccup.
HAND. There were musicians in the church, teens and adults. It was not an overnight process, but we slowly invited many of them in to help lead the teens in worship. Usually these were short-term invitations. But with each successive musicians and worship leader, we began to get a stronger sense of who might be able to skillfully lead our group into regular times of worship. THEN WE….

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