Archive for IGNITE Young Adult

Operation Christmas Child Packing Event

November 18th LCR is hosting a “Packing Event” for Operation Christmas Child.

Come anytime between 2:00-4:00 p.m. to join in the fun.  All are welcome!

For details please see the November Crosstalk posted here also!

Thinking of Eutychus

Our senior pastor recently left a magazine article in my box here at church.  It was titled, “Thinking of Eutychus.”  It had a picture of a young person sleeping on his laptop keyboard.  “Okay,” I thought, “my interest is piqued.”  I sat down and read the article and then found it online. Click here to read the article.

In short, the article talks about the church’s inability to connect with young adults and the reasons why.  It uses the new testament story of Eutychus as a platform to urge church leaders to help understand and reach out to the young adults in and out of their congregations.

I have sent this article out to all of the young adults whom I have an email for and we will be including it in our discussion at our next IGNITE event on Thursday, April 8th here at LCR in the YAC from 6-8pm.  We continue to read and discuss the book “UnChristian” and the book is referenced in this article.  Last month’s discussion from the book focused on the issue of homosexuality and I have invited all of our young adults to attend the homosexuality seminar that is being led by Professor Craig Nessan of Wartburg Seminary here at LCR on Thursday, April 15th at 7:00pm.

Borrowing from the article; Jesus said two simple words to those he called to be his disciples, “Follow me.”  There was no poking, prodding, or branding.

Am I interacting with others in a way that would make them want to follow Jesus?  Are you?  How many times have I acted or felt like Eutychus?  These are tough questions that we have to ask ourselves every day-tough questions Jesus is asking us every day.

Carter Moore

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Comments? Questions? Email me at carterm@lcrmarion.org.

Young Adults in America’s churches

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Looking to Go Deeper?

I recently read an article about what young adults want from the church and found some interesting but not surprising survey results:

“The church’s responsibility is to reach every generation with the love of Jesus Christ,” stated Jim Johnston, director of young adult ministry at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, in the report. “It just so happens that this generation’s biggest need is relationship. The church ought to be the author and purveyor of the best, deepest, most loving friendships around.”

The need for community was further confirmed when 71 percent of young adult churchgoers said they want to participate in small-group meetings to discuss life application of Scripture. They, along with those not affiliated, said they desired to participate in Bible study that minimizes finding pat answers in the exploration of Scripture. 

In such small group settings, 68 percent of churched and 45 percent of unchurched young adults said they can find “advice from individuals with similar experiences.”

Click HERE to read the whole article.

             I have had a few conversations the last couple of weeks about what the “Young Adult Ministry” looks like in other churches in America. For the most part, it is the most neglected ministry in a church, with a large group of churches having no Young Adult Ministry at all. 

             What seems most odd about that is the young adult age group (18-30ish) is a time when most people make life-long decisions about their faith and moral beliefs. What is encouraging is that LCR has committed to this group of people and this new ministry.

After the first 6 months of LCR’s first-ever Young Adult Ministry under our current Pastoral Care, I have had the opportunity to meet some great new people in our church and community. The problem, we have found, is that when you only meet once every 2-3 months it is hard to get everyone together consistently and hard to dive deeper into our faith. 

We have decided that, starting in January, we will meet once a month on the second Thursday. Our hope is to see our group grow in both numbers and in our walk with the Lord. If you are interested in joining our group of 18-30ish year olds please send me an email or give me a call and I will add you to our list. I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing some new faces in 2010.

 

Carter Moore

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

carterm@lcrmarion.org