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What Teens Look for in a Church When seeking a church 42% of American say it is very important to them "to better understand what I believe." Other important things they look for in a church include spending time with close friends (34%); being encouraged or inspired (34%); and volunteering to help others (30%). Expectations teens prioritized as less important were learning about prayer (26%); listening to religious teaching (26%); participating in discussions about religion and faith (23%); being mentored in spiritual development (21%); discovering the traditions of their faith (20%); participating in a study about faith (19%); and studying the Bible (18%). 39% of teens prefer a church that teaches how their faith should influence everyday decisions and lifestyle. (Barna Group 10/8/07)

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