Thompson quickly points out that Rocketown does not exclude Christian teens. In fact, at Rocketown, they learn to live biblically. There are some 67,000 teens in the Nashville area. Rocketown has eight full-time staff. “We’re certainly not going to reach them all. To have a lasting impact on this community, the church and the Christian kids are going to have to rise up. And I think that Rocketown can help provide the resources for them to do that.”


Outside of school and church, he adds, there’s really not a place for Christian kids to hang out either. “We have created a mutual place where Christian kids feel safe enough to hang out, beneath our views of the urban skyline, and they’re still very safe. But then we bring in those kids that don’t go to church and create an opportunity for them to all engage in conversations.”


But how do you get a teen from a white, suburban church to see a classmate at Rocketown who is in their algebra class, and to walk across the room and say, “How did you do on that test yesterday?” Even more challenging, how does the teen jump from there to talking about his or her faith? Youth pastors play a huge role, according to Thompson. “They must equip the kids to communicate effectively about their faith and their culture.” 


Thompson concludes, “If we can work together with the churches, that’s something that’s probably not happening in any other city in America right now. There’s at least the potential for Christian teens to make that impact on their culture. “



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