In an urban context, especially with those communities facing severe poverty, we can often forget the teens in our midst “at church,” the ones right there wondering if it is all worth it. They see a small struggling, under-resourced church trying to survive. There isn’t a functioning youth group, except for a few teens who hang with the pastor from time to time. I learned something, however, this weekend about our CPC in The Hill teens:
My wife and I had an incredible time on Saturday (9/12) at the Urban Youth Workers Institute’s east coast ReLoad conference. An added joy: two of our teens from CPC in The Hill joined us in Brooklyn for the day event. Yes, our teens knew it was not a youth conference, but an Urban Youth Worker conference.
All the better.
They got to see a large group of committed Christian workers of all ages, of all races (and yes, I know there’s only one race—human—but you know what I mean), and from a wide range of backgrounds that have one thing in common: to reach, disciple, and care for urban young people just like them. And, they were also able to see various examples, stories, and creative efforts to reach urban teens from national leaders (some spoken, some even rapped). Our teens saw and heard the commitment to reach teens in neighborhoods just like the Hill. The leaders at the conference told me they were encouraged by the presence of our CPC in The Hill teens at the conference—they’re what we do this for!
Wasted Blogger, Chip M. Anderson
I am the pastor and church planter for Christ Presbyterian Church in The Hill; a flawed practitioner of Wasted Evangelism. I am learning about Wasted Evangelism through my experience in The Hill and through the good people of CPC in The Hill.