“How can we reclaim the drop-outs from our church? How do we promote retention of young adults? But first we need to understand why this generation has left in the first place.” Brian McLaren
Posts Tagged ‘young adults’
It’s not easy to engage Generation Next. But it’s important. And who said being the church was going to be easy?
Churches I visit are always looking for new programs or new curricula that will draw in young adults. I have heard ideas ranging from burning more incense to using television screens to entice the young crowd. But I firmly believe that no matter how melodic your chanting or how amazing your PowerPoint slideshow . . . that is not what attracts young adults.
“How can ministries become safe for “rainbow kids,” whether gender variant or questioning teens, children of LBGT parents, or other concerned youth?”
Young adulthood today has taken on new meaning as more and more adults (ages 18-35) are finding it more difficult to become financially independent in our society.
The Latin word vocare means to call forth or be called into a new existence. When placed with a theological framework, vocation requires choice and a journey of formation will eventually bring new life and identity. The Biblical tradition establishes the genesis of creation as vocation, a calling forth by God through the agency of the Holy Spirit.
Two great ideas from two great presentations: a group building exercise that is formational and a handy wallet-size prayer practice to tuck into all your teens’ pockets.
Choosing a curricular resource is an important decision. It is one that you can hopefully live with for at least two or three years. But remember, curriculum (currere = a course to be run) is a tool to help you and your student get from “one place to another.” It is hopefully one of a variety of resources you will tap into to help others along their spiritual journey and faith development.
Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way. I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve.
If we are to live into a vision of theological education for all, we must be single-minded. Yes, money is important. Yes, diversity is important. Yes, paying attention to the everyday needs of our particular institutions is important. But one of the demands of this vision is a single-minded focus on education as a central need for our church.
Most churches have a “one-size-fits-all” ministry for young people. What is offered is what is available, and if that doesn’t work for a particular youth or young adult, he or she usually gets lost in the shuffle.
It did not come as a surprise that there has not been much study of our Emerging Adults because they do not self-identify as “devout” or “religious” – rather, if they identify at all with religious beliefs they name themselves “spiritual, but not religious.”
Many denominations have been developing strategies to help congregations put life long faith formation front and center in their mission and ministry. I also get plenty of inquiries about what children should “know” along the Christian education continuum – another words, what should they have mastered on each grade level?
We hear the mantra, “time, talent, and treasure.” Do these words and messages mean the same today as they did 50 years ago?
There is a recognition that faith is not “sticking” with many young people after they’ve been given that graduation bible to take with them on the next stage of their journey.