The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Good news about youth

Service projects outrank pizza

"... So that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known ..."

[Ephesians 3:10]

There is good news on the youth front. In my travels to synods around the country I have asked clergy and associate s in ministry to tell me what signs of hope they are seeing in their work. I have been surprised at the number of times they have mentioned young people.

Young people? Aren't they supposed to be the big problem — not enough of them, not interested in the church, not willing to listen and so forth?

The people who work with our youth tell a different story. They describe today's young people as more interested in service than in pizza and volleyball. They say there is a new seriousness out there. Our youth want to count for something.

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