Teens Volunteer Regularly and the Church Helps

A new Barna study found that 68% of teens are involved in volunteering, with 17% volunteering once a week and 25% volunteering once a month. 26% volunteer once every few months. The most likely volunteer projects include church (42%) and feeding the homeless (35%). In addition, volunteer work in education (31%) and environmental work (28%) were notable activities. 61% of teens have volunteered at a church.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Teens rely on the church to provide volunteer opportunities, and the majority will take advantage of a chance to serve others.

  • Communication : Do the teens in your church know how they can serve? Are there opportunities for them to learn under the care of an experienced volunteer?
  • Variety : Teens are interested in social justice work, feeding the homeless, helping at schools, or cleaning up the environment. Can your church help mobilize teens for community outreach too?
  • Getting Parents Involved: Teens may only serve as often as their parents are able. What is your volunteer culture like?

What is one step you can take this month to give teens more opportunities to volunteer?

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