GenerationS Volume 1: How to Grow Your Church Younger and Stronger. The Story of the Kids Who Built a World-Class Church

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This is the story of the kids who built a world-class church — Heart of God Church started as a divine experiment to build a prototype Youth Church. Now it has developed into a proof of concept that Youths can build a STRONG CHURCH. 


GenerationS is a mindset-shifting, heart-changing book that shows you how to raise up generations of young people in your church to build His kingdom.


After over 20 years, this youth church, operated by youths, for youths to reach youths, still has an average age of 22.


“I see a great struggle in the global churches in keeping the young people… At Heart of God Church, things are different. After ministering in the biggest churches and conferences all over the world, what I’ve witnessed at Heart of God Church is unlike anything I have experienced before. What Heart of God Church has wonderfully modelled for us all should not only be applauded and admired; it should also be reproduced everywhere.”

– JOHN BEVERE, International bestselling author The Bait of Satan, Co-Founder, Messenger International


“On my most recent visit, one of my band was so wowed by the environment of the visual/video tech room – where he saw not just one operator at each station, but three... (This) was so impressive – there was one operator, one trainer and one trainee. These were people in their mid to high teens, some as young as 12 or 13... Considering the amount of responsibility a video/visual team carries in a large service, and how much specialised technical skill there is to learn... he was amazed. There was a beautiful trust being placed in these young people... and ultimately it’s the Jesus model of discipleship.”

– MATT REDMAN, Two-time Grammy Award winner, singer-songwriter and worship leader


Bonus #1: Contributors and ‘Inside Stories’

Read 1,000+ word contributions from 13 other contributing writers that provide an ‘inside look’ and 360º view of HOGC.


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<li>Director of Global Relations, a Westerner’s perspective on an Asian church</li>

<li>Board member in his 60s, on what older people do in a youth church</li>

<li>Chief of Staff, on what goes on inside the Senior Pastors’ Office</li>

<li>Head of Global Partnerships, on what co-senior pastoring looks like</li>

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Bonus #2: Comes with Digital Companion

Go beyond the chapters! Access 100+ bonus content and interactive materials when you scan QR codes from within the book.

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Denise Ngo
October 10, 2021
In a day and age inundated with skepticism about megachurches, it's refreshing to read a book by pastors who focus more on growing the church younger and stronger, as opposed to just making it grow bigger. In this church, the youth ministry isn't a stepping stone to the adults ministry, nor is the children's church a "glorified Sunday school" - the youth ministry IS the church, and the young people are serving front and centre - onstage, behind the camera, and even in the media control room. 16-year-olds are given the opportunity to lead 14-year-olds. And 17-year-olds worship lead in the main service. If you have a hard time imagining what this looks like, the free digital companion includes videos! I was also really touched by the Senior Pastors' relentless belief in the youths, as well as the youths' sense of ownership over the church and their ministries. On a personal note, maybe it's because I've found myself fighting discouragement and disillusionment into my 30s, but the stories and principles shared in this book ignited an idealism in me that I thought had faded away with age. Principles like "youths are leaders TODAY, not just tomorrow" and "start empowering youths, stop entertaining them" challenged me to turn my heart to the next generation, and to the generation after that, instead of lording my "seniority" over them. This has helped me not only in church, but in my workplace (where I supervise people younger than me) and in my walk with God. I was also very touched by how this book was not written for profit because the authors wanted to simply bless and empower those who are trying to grow their churches/ministries. 5/5 stars!
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Joy Ho
October 8, 2021
Caution: Not for the faint-hearted!! Only when you're ready for your heart to be expanded, and spirit to be stirred. Then, begin this read with a heart of expectation for God to move in you, and through you.. Right at the start, the preface by the co-authors, Ps Tan Seow How & Ps Lia already had me in tears.. Never have I heard the voices of Pastors so humble in their ways, yet so proud of what God has done through them and the church they both pioneered - Heart of God Church. While reading the book, it's like you’re sitting, listening and learning from them personally. Their passion, obedience to God, and relentless belief in young people and GenerationS echo loud through the pages. It's hard to read on without jotting notes (hehe) All the godly wisdom and principles to glean from! The teachings, the life testimonies, videos (accessible via QR code - an accompanying digital companion) take you on the journey with Ps How and Ps Lia.. When I reached the end of the book, I felt my mindset shifting and elevating.. A vision is not limited to 1 individual or 1 generation saved, but many GenerationS after! My spirit is revving to go!
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Yilin Lim
October 8, 2021
Reading the entire book is just like a roller coaster ride there are moments that makes you go L-O-L and next you have moments where you reach out to the tissue papers and just being so touched by the testimonies of what God is doing. — The entire book is simply engaging. What I love most about this book is that it's very easy to read and every single chapter there is a takeaway, more than that, it is accompanied with real life examples and what has been accomplished. It is not just a theory but it is a prototype. That is not just all but you get to read from the different contributors who shared their own encounters. There is a total of 13 contributors!? It's just so mind-blowing. One of the quote I really like — "Empowered youths become producers. Entertained youths become consumers." This books is HIGHLY recommended! You got to get your hands on this book and go through the whole experience yourself (over and over again)! P.s/ check out the digital companion, you will not regret it
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About the author

Pastor How and his wife Pastor Lia are founding senior pastors of Heart of God Church Singapore and co-authors of the book GenerationS


They are Gen X-ers who raised Millennial leaders to grow Gen Z leaders to reach Gen Alphas.


Pastor How believes youth are leaders today, not just tomorrow, and has raised up thousands passionate for God. 


He is the visionary, leadership, strategy and organisation guy. His passion and burden is to see Strong GenerationS Churches built, worthy of God’s glory. Pastor How is also a businessman and funder but what matters most to him is being a godly father to GenerationS of young pastors and leaders!


He shares the story of the kids who built a world-class church and how to grow your church younger and stronger on GenerationSmvmt.com.


For more, check out PastorHow.com or connect with him on Instagram (@pastor.how), Facebook and Twitter.

Pastor Lia and her husband Pastor How are co-founders, co-senior pastors of Heart of God Church (HOGC) Singapore and co-authors of the book GenerationS


She is a former journalist, preacher, cancer survivor, worship team builder and trainer. This serial discipler has been raising young leaders for more than 20 years. Her life verse is Isaiah 58:12 – “... You shall raise up the foundations of many GenerationS…”


This is only possible because her life message is “GenerationS are Not Replacements. GenerationS are Reinforcements.” 


She shares the story of the kids who built a world-class church and how to grow your church younger and stronger on GenerationSmvmt.com.


For more, check out PastorLia.com or connect with her on Instagram (@pastor.lia) and Facebook.

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