BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
Discussion geared toward young adults, age 18 to 28.
Haven’t been to church in a while?
Looking for a new church home?
Looking for a vibrant, non-judgmental, and sacred space to explore what kind of person the spirit is calling you to be?
To build an effective young adult ministry, you need to dedicated to create an environment for people attending college and others in their 20’s and 30’s to encounter, explore, and enjoy spirituality in day-to-day living. Building a community of young people while knowing their lives are in transition daily is vital to success. Understanding that they are who are gaining new perspectives, focusing on true priorities, and experiencing God’s grace, love, and peace in real life situations.
They key to having an accepting environment is not to give into the young adult’s desire of tolerance. I believe that tolerance is an erosion of Godly acceptance. Providing a non-judgmental fellowship open to all college and young adults who are journeying along in this world who are not Christians and or are Christians Open to all means open to all. Not open to only those who conform to our image of what or who a Christian looks like. In a world full of stress and anxiety, this spiritual support group is an excellent way to take a break from demanding, everyday schedules and form new friendships in the process.
To serve young adults doesn’t come from a desire to help a particular age group, but rather to reach people experiencing the transient nature inherent in this stage of life: finishing school, starting a career, living out your faith, going to grad school, dating, questioning what you believe, breaking up, relocating, living on your own, hating your job, moving back in with your parents, getting engaged, getting married, changing careers, wondering why you got married, going back to school, having kids, not being able to have kids . . . and this is all in the first few years of living in the "real world."
In the midst of all of the turbulence and transition, we believe that Jesus offers something that doesn’t change. Teaching his disciples about how to ensure survival in the midst of such circumstances, he told them a story of two general contractors who had just acquired some prime riverfront property. One of them, the not-so-smart one, built his house on top of a sandbar-which was fine when the river wasn’t at flood stage. The other one, the wiser craftsman, secured his house to the bedrock.
The difference in the two builders wasn’t their experiences: both were being hit by a terrible storm, with torrential rain, gale-force winds, and flash flooding. But one survived those circumstances because his house was built on something solid. The other one saw his life’s work vanish in the raging flood. The "solid rock" Jesus tells us, is hearing and doing the things that he teaches: "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." (Matthew 7:24)
Did you know that for the first time in the history, the majority of young adults in America are second-generation un-churched? Most of those entering college and the workforce today grew up in homes where not even their parents attended church.
In His Grace Forever,
Teddy Awad, CMHP
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