Sanctified Imagination

Holy week is a week of worship. As I’ve been thinking about this, I wonder what we have really¬†taught students about worship. Thinking out loud posts are not my favorite but on this topic I don’t really know what is right or wrong or even if there is a wrong. All I know is that most students think worship is singing songs they like. Songs that give them an upbeat feeling about being a Christ follower or ones that make them think about the sacrifice of Christ. How do we get students to really understand what worshiping God with our wholes lives is really about? I think we have to move away from just singing and we need to have a rotation of worship events that focus on all kinds of worship. I think we need to focus on sacrificial giving as part of worship. I know taking offering at youth group is not cool, but could our students sacrifice in worship through giving and are we missing the opportunity to teach them something about a life in Christ if we don’t? I believe we have a awesome opportunity to be creative through worship. Allowing students to use their imagination to worship God with expressions of art can be powerful. How can we make more space for students who want to worship without singing? Often our students are stunted when it comes to creative expression – how do we free their imagination so they can pursue God with all they have? I would love to know what you are doing in your ministry.