When you look around at your church, how many younger members do you see weekly?
It’s no secret that churches often struggle to connect with kids and teens–one poll showed that more than two-thirds have five or fewer young people in their worshipping community.
If you’re in the same boat, then it’s time to consider new ways to engage the next generation of churchgoers. Otherwise, you risk not having regular members in the future.
You need to ensure that they feel like they belong and then sustain this connection over time. Here are five best practices to build relationships and reliable connections with the youth in your ministry.
You can use a church texting service to:
They say that the average attention span is down from 12 seconds in the year 2000 to eight seconds. That is less than the nine-second attention span of your average goldfish.
While this makes for an attention-grabbing headline, the underlying research shows that people aren’t bored in eight seconds–they simply want to be engaged in eight seconds.
One way that youth workers are handling this is by focusing on small groups. They help teens bond with each other by removing participation barriers that can exist in larger group settings.
There’s no one silver bullet when it comes to engaging youth in your church. If anything, the world keeps changing. But by focusing on creating an involved, inviting culture that communicates the way your audience wants you to, you can make leaps and bounds in engaging your younger members.
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