It isn't altogether correct to say that they are the future of the church. They are the church right now and need special attention in order to grow as disciples. Statistically, if we wait until after high school, they will be forever lost. In a denomination that has lost one million in Sunday School, what ELCA churches are providing a foundation from cradle to high school that will last as lifetime for our children and youth?

(The following congregations have submitted examples of Best Practices. Clicking on a congregation's name will take you to a page describing the congregation's Best Practice.)`

Holy Trinity, Hickory

Community in Christ, Cornelius

Mt. Pisgah, Hickory

Cross and Crown, Matthews

Christ, Charlotte

St. John, Salisbury

Grace, Hendersonville