Every year, thousands of teens adopt temporary community service projects as part of confirmation classes. But few classes create a lasting change in their congregation's spiritual life as did a group from Rejoice Lutheran Church a decade ago.
Teens at the Omaha, Neb., congregation formed a relationship with their area Mosaic (formerly Bethphage) ministry, inviting developmentally disabled adults once a month to various activities.
The program began to lose steam after the original group graduated from high school, but Rejoice, with help from 12 young people, started Spirit Matters. Like its predecessor, Spirit Matters works with special needs people ranging in age from 17 to 85.
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