I always cringe a bit when I hear someone say something to the effect of "the youth are the future of the church." I know these well-meaning friends' intentions are good but it only takes some time at Camp Wherry to realize that the future is now!
I am watching (...and cooking... and preaching a little) as our teens spend some incredibly HOT mornings working on housing remodeling projects. A brief break for lunch and then they are back at it for Kidz Kamp. I love the energy and love they share with dozens of children each day- most of which live in homes where English is not the first language they learn. We re-group at night for heart-felt worship. Along the way they encourage, challenge, and support each other. Service... ministry... discipleship... worship... fellowship... sounds a lot like church to me!
These teens are today's church. But, if my well-meaning friends from above are right... the future is in pretty good hands!