Today’s teens are members of the Z generation (born between 1999 -2010.) According to the Pew Research Center, this generation is full of curious minds that are willing to research what they do not know. They are digital natives with little or no memory of the world as it existed before smartphones; they are more racially and ethnically diverse than previous generations and are on track to be the best-educated generation of all time.
Many churches struggle with the inability to meet the needs and expectations of teens. Not so, here at Pleasant Grove Church! How do we meet these needs and expectations?
Teens want to feel like they are a part of the Church. They don’t want to be the cleanup crew or be that youth group that is seen and not heard. They need to know they are loved by the people they see every week during worship and in Grove Teens, our version of Youth Church. Pleasant Grove Church is a place where teens feel a sense of belonging and are fortunate to have adults who are genuinely dedicated to our teens.
They want us to pray with them, check on them, and accept them. At Pleasant Grove Church, we share the word of God with our teens on a level they understand, relate to, and apply to their daily lives. We pray for them while simultaneously teaching them to pray for themselves and others. We check on our teens outside of Church, often sharing in their extracurricular activities, following up on their grades, and making ourselves available for their calls, texts, and e-mails.