I am very encouraged as I consider the next generation and the impact that they can have on the church and on the area of worship.
Some specific things that are encouraging:
1. Interest in theology
At our worship camp this summer at Cedarville University, we had over 60 students enrolled. We had many electives to choose from including guitar, bass, video in worship, etc. However, our most attended classes were the theology classes, with over half of the camp attending. We had to bring in extra chairs because the demand was so high. This was a pleasant surprise.
2. Interest in hymns
Every one of our worship bands at worship camp selected at least one hymn as a part of their three-song worship set. While there were many other songs to choose from, all could see the value and content that a hymn brought to their set. It seems that this generation longs for the depth that hymns can provide.
3. Passion for others
This week, I had a parade of five freshmen students in my office for an impromptu meeting. It was a little intimidating as they processed in, one after the other. I expected some kind of complaint or attempted coup. However, it was just the exact opposite. They wanted to share with me their desire to do missions. For them, it didn’t matter if it was an exotic international destination or an intercity ministry experience. They just wanted to share their love for Christ.
4. Passion in worship
This generation has sincere and passionate worship. I love to be in the midst of a group of young people passionately singing their hearts out to God.
In conclusion, the future of worship can be very bright if our young people continue to stay passionate for God, true to His word, and willing to sing the praises of the one who has called them from darkness into marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)