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Youth engage with a megachurch by watching worship online.
Go to the website for the congregation you will visit. Tour the website, guiding the youth to explore and answer:
Tell the group they will watch a service from a megachurch online. Let them know which church and when the service took place. If you have prepared some of the engagement questions, post or distribute them now, and invite participants to review the questions and watch for the answers. If needed, remind participants to watch respectfully.
If you watch clips from both Lakewood and West Angeles, compare and contrast them. Lakewood is non-denominational Christian; West Angeles is C.O.G.I.C. (Church of God in Christ). Offer these facts to help the youth compare:
If you have Internet access, compare the websites of these two "megachurches." What links are featured on the home pages? Note that West Angeles features prominently a link to Save Africa's Children, an organization that provides support and care to orphans and vulnerable children, especially those with HIV.
Guide the group to discuss: Why might these differences exist?
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Last updated on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.
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