Youth at church

Church & Youth Engagement

Youth engagement is a major challenge for many churches, including Bethany Church Manchester. With so many distractions and competing demands for young people’s attention, it can be difficult for churches to connect with and engage young people. However, there are several strategies that churches can use to tackle this challenge and build a vibrant, engaged community of young people.

  1. Build Relationships:

One of the most important things that churches can do to engage young people is to build relationships with them. This means creating opportunities for young people to get to know each other and the adult leaders within the church. Churches can do this by organizing events and activities specifically for young people, such as youth retreats, mission trips, and service projects. These activities can help young people develop a sense of belonging and connection within the church community.

  1. Create a Welcoming Environment:

Another key strategy for engaging young people is to create a welcoming environment within the church. This means creating a space where young people feel safe, valued, and respected. Churches can do this by providing a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, where young people are free to ask questions and explore their faith without fear of judgment or criticism.

  1. Offer Relevant Programming:

To engage young people, churches need to offer programming that is relevant to their interests and needs. This could include Bible studies, service projects, or social events. Churches should also be open to feedback from young people about what they want to see in terms of programming and be willing to adapt their offerings to meet the changing needs and interests of young people.

  1. Empower Young People:

Another important strategy for engaging young people is to empower them to take an active role in the church community. This means giving young people opportunities to lead, serve, and make a difference within the church. Churches can do this by involving young people in planning and organizing events, giving them leadership roles within youth groups, and encouraging them to participate in the wider life of the church.

  1. Use Social Media:

Finally, churches can use social media to engage young people and reach out to new audiences. Many young people are active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, so churches can use these platforms to promote events and activities, share inspiring messages, and connect with young people in a more informal and engaging way.


Engaging young people is a challenge for many churches, but by building relationships, creating a welcoming environment, offering relevant programming, empowering young people, and using social media, churches can build a vibrant, engaged community of young people who are passionate about their faith and committed to making a difference in the world. Bethany Church Manchester, like many other churches, can use these strategies to tackle the challenge of youth engagement and build a strong, supportive community of young people who are excited about their faith and eager to make a positive impact in the world.

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