Raising the Youth in Ministry | Image of Songwriter, Lydia Ingegneri
Episode 15

Lydia Ingegneri: Raising Up Gen Z in Ministry

We are handing our children to the world and saying, “have your way with them.”

In this episode, our guest, worship leader, and artist Lydia Ingegneri, talks about how God used her worship ministry as a creative training ground to raise up her immensely talented, yet overactive and frustrated son.

Being a mom and raising kids while running a full-time ministry isn’t easy. Add in homeschooling four children, and it’s a wonder that Lydia has time for anything at all. But her beautiful story of God speaking to her about the way in which to bring up her son Dominic should be a testimony to all of us about how we should approach this next generation of young leaders.

Our faith communities are having a real issue with keeping our youth engaged with the Church. Two-thirds (66 percent) of American young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly for at least a year as a teenager say they also dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22, according to a new study from Nashville-based Lifeway Research. So, it’s more important than ever that all of us “look over our shoulders,” as Lydia said, and put real focus on allowing the young generations to take some ownership of our worship services, ministries, and the works of our Churches.

As Psalm 145 says, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. 5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. 7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.”

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Scripture References

New Music from Lydia Ingegneri

Who is Lydia Ingegneri?

Lydia Ingegneri is a songwriter and worship leader who has been leading people into God’s presence through dynamic and passionate worship since her teen years. She is known for her powerful and soulful vocals, creating an atmosphere for deliverance, healing, and freedom in the lives of worshippers. Lydia’s debut live worship album “You Are With Us” released in 2017. Her sophomore live album “Anchor” is set to release early 2023.

Lydia is a disciple maker at heart who loves to champion others and help people reach their full potential. Together with her husband Scott, Lydia is founder of Awaken Ministries; a movement dedicated to resourcing and championing church and marketplace leaders. In 2020, Lydia and Scott launched the Awaken Worship Cohort for the purpose of developing worship and creative arts leaders in the areas of spiritual formation, personal life development, and upskilling in their craft.

Lydia has been very happily married since 2003 and is the proud mother of four amazing kids: Dominic, James, Kelly Joy and Mia. Lydia considers ministering as a family her greatest joy in life. The Ingegneri’s reside in the Nashville, Tennessee area.

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