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.”
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.
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries