|"Let’s Talk Church, Part II: An Intergenerational (or not) Experience" by Carol Duerksen|
YOUTH GROUP LESSON 26
|2 Introduce the event by saying that they are here to openly and honestly discuss their experiences, feelings, impressions, and hopes for the church. Criticizing and judging each others’ comments is not an option here, or after the meeting. This is a time to share freely, not a time to argue or disagree. It is a time to explore the questions together without fear.
3 Invite participants to go to each of the questions posted around the room and write down their responses. Give plenty of time for thismake sure that each person has responded to each question.
4 Bring the group back together and read each question and the answers that were given. Discuss the answers as you feel appropriate.
5 Form some conclusions and record them on newsprint.
Optional: share the article “You Must Become the Change” (see below) and compare your conclusions with those in the article.
6 Decide if you want to share the conclusions with pastoral staff, elders, church council, or other decision-makers in your congregation; and if so, how that will be carried out.
YOU MUST BECOME THE CHANGE
By A. Todd Schweitzer
What happens when a youth pastor sits down with a group of youth from several Mennonite churches to talk about what it means to do church or to be a church?
They have “one of the best discussions we’ve ever had with the youth group. We went a half an hour over time before we noticed how late it was. It was amazing!”
Here are the questions they discussed:
1 What do you least like about church/ what was your worst experience?
2 What do you like best/ what was your best experience?
3 Who are the people who really listen to you, who take you seriously?
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