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The key to keeping teens in the church: Engage them

Too frequently, marginalized teens “graduate” from church and may not return for decades, if ever. To change that pattern, churches need to provide opportunities for youth to get involved, says Hannah Huisman, a student who helps plan and lead worship services at her Christian high school and in her church. In an interview conducted by Joan Huyser-Honig for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, an organization committed to worship renewal, Huisman explains how her church created organic avenues for participation by teens and how those teens expanded the opportunity to middle-schoolers and, eventually, an alternative all-church worship service that draws across age lines. Read more here.  Ben Dykhouse, who guides students in planning chapel services for a Christian high school, introduces a planning process that engages students in planning chapel services

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