Participation in Three Simple Steps

By Anthony Mullins

Healthy churches embrace both old and young people. They celebrate what God has done and intentionally prepare for what’s ahead. To prepare for what’s ahead, be intentional with young disciples in meaningful ways.

Believe in them. They deeply desire authentic community, so offer them tangible ways to experience the Triune life in your church. Like all of us, they want to be known and to know others in real relationships, and my experience tells me they won’t settle for anything less.

Share life with the younger ones among you. Often this means being “incarnational” or going to their turf. A simple way to do this is attending their sports games, showing up at their birthday parties, listening to their recitals and performances or sharing meals at their favorite hang-out restaurants.

Listen to their passions and fears. It’s often time-consuming and messy work, but it’s good work as you participate in the life and ministry of Jesus!

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