Best Worship Planning Team Ever

Kara Powell | Oct 8, 2009

Photo by Bill Hamway

In Howard Vanderwell's The Church of All Ages: Generations Worshiping Together, its suggested that worship planning at churches should be age-inclusive. In other words, it shouldn't just be adults planning the church worship; teenagers and even children should be involved also. That way their preferences and Kingdom dreams are represented, along with the adults.

So often we think intergenerational worship means we ask children to read Scripture and pray. That's not a bad start, but it's all the better if children are involved even during the planning process. That's true inclusion.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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