Posts Tagged ‘young adults’

Christian Faith and the Next Generation

“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

How to Reach 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?

Having a Personal Jesus without a Public Faith

When in came to putting their faith into action in the civic, political or social justice area, the numbers faded. Dr. Wright concluded these committed, “religious” youth have a disconnect between how they act in society and their relationship with Jesus.

Keys to Attracting Young Adults in Church

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.

Welcoming Rainbow Kids

“How can ministries become safe for “rainbow kids,” whether gender variant or questioning teens, children of LBGT parents, or other concerned youth?”

Ministry with Young Adults

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.

Awakening One’s Vocation

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.

Visualize Diversity

As children of God, we are called to work for the eradication of racism, whether in the church, or in the community. With the utilization of education, group interaction, anti-racism dialogues, and prayer, the goal of such training is to bring about mutual understanding, respect, appreciation, and fair treatment of people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Two Ideas for Youth Ministry

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.

Curriculum Choices for Christian Education

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.

Blue Like Jazz

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.

Manifesto for Learning

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.

Formational Opps for Nature Throughout the Year

This is the perfect time of year to include nature in your formation activity plans. Both church and secular occasions already in place in the calendar offer an easy entry point.

Bringing Nature to Church in 2012

Spiritually and physically, we are one big family, sharing the earth with an array of other species. Yet for many, nature is left behind on the church doorstep, a missing presence in church life.

Engaging Youth and Young Adults

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.

Learnings from the Conference on Emerging Adulthood

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.”

Intentional Faith Development

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?

Got “Boomerangs”?

Most middle class/ upper-middle class congregations do. You may know them by another name – “Twenty-Somethings” or “Emerging Adults”- and chances are you know of them in your congregation, but you don’t see them at worship on Sunday. Mostly, you hear a reference to them from a parent who mentions that their age twenty-something is living at home again between jobs, finishing up graduate school or marking time before leaving for the Peace Corps.

Generations of Faith

We hear the mantra, “time, talent, and treasure.” Do these words and messages mean the same today as they did 50 years ago?

Sticky Faith

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.