Why the Church Needs Teenagers (and Why You Do, Too!)

Do you remember your teenage years? If so, then this may seem counter-intuitive. Why would the church have needed someone like myself between the ages of 13 and 19? If you were anything like me as a teenager, you might be asking the same question.

What place do teens have in the church? What could you have contributed to your community as a middle school or high school student? In fact, as I remember of myself... probably not too much. In ninth grade, the Pastor Search Committee asked me to serve as the youth group representative to hire our Lead Pastor, who is still serving in that position. During our six month stint together, I said about 12 words. It was a fun experience. I learned a lot listening to the adult discussion. I added it to my college application. And I enjoyed the pizza dinners that we ate together before the meetings.