I Asked a Group of Leaders…

I asked a group of leaders within the church body who have been a part of young adult ministries either in the past or currently the following…

 

I know this may not be the most ideal way to communicate (or maybe it is), but I wanted to gather wisdom from each of you on young adult ministry (particularly the ages right after college to about 30 years old). I know that most of you have been in ministry for a good length of time working with adults and youth. That is why I asked you for guidance and wisdom.

There is a gap in our society from the age right after you graduate college to the age you begin to establish family & commitment to a career & long term goals (now I am not saying that every 22-30 year old fits into this category as some may already have families, but you get the picture).

It is an age group where time is precious, commitment is hard, and life seems to be about adventure & growth. So how do we engage this age group in today’s church?

I am a part of a fairly large church in Oklahoma now where I live and have been involved for about 2 years there. Through the Lord’s great encouragement & faithfulness, I just recently had the opportunity to lead a community group (Bible study, small group, whatever you may call it). We have only been going for about 3 weeks, but the Lord really has been blessing the people who have been coming. With this I say, there are about 6 young adult aka young professional groups within our church that are focused just on people who have just finished up college, maybe getting their masters, starting careers, etc. However, in the larger picture there is a disconnect between the group as a whole and the few community groups within the church. What I mean by that is there are maybe 50 young adults who are a part of one of these community groups and yet there are probably 1000 young adults who are actually connected to the church some way or some how.

 

The Lord has laid these young adults on my heart and I know that there is a greater purpose for them and there live. A purpose to challenge them, deeper there faith in God, and build community with one another. I have been asked by one of the fellow leaders in the church to help be a part of what God is doing and they have asked me… How do we connect these young adults together…

So my question to you all (sorry for the long introduction)…

How do we engage or connect these young adults into an atmosphere that can bring them together in way that may establish community, accountability, and challenge there faith to grow?

What are things that you have done in ministry that may have connected you to a specific group of young adults?

How do you engage such a large group to come together in community?

Since time is such a precious commodity, how do you connect young professionals?

What type of advice can you share with me that can help encourage & provide wisdom into this area?

I highly respect and trust each of you and I hope that you may share a little jewel of your knowledge to help further the kingdom of God!

Thank you so much for reading this and taking the time to share your hearts! It truly is a blessing to me to have each of you in my life. I look up to you all as leaders in the church and knowledge givers of the faith!

As I have asked those whom I respect, I open this up to my fellow readers… How would you answer these questions? What are your thoughts on young adults/professionals/20-30s?

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God.” -Hebrews 12:15b NLT

You could say it has been a few days since I have sat in the yellow chair… Ok, maybe it has been more than a few days, but still. I felt the need to jot down my thoughts since it has been a while.

I feel as though a lot has been going on near the 238 lately. Now that summer is out of swing, and fall is coming around (thank you Jesus for that cool weather), I can officially say that traveling has slowed down, and I have been able to enjoy my home and mundane life a little bit more. I love to travel, but I also love to just be at home. My best friend refers to it as being a homebody… I guess I never really thought of it in that kind of light, but I guess it is what it is.

Hi, my name is Maloree, and I am a homebody (on occasion).

Homebody in the term that I do enjoy just being in my home editing photos, listening to a good sermon, organizing cabinets (yes, I do that for the fun of it), and cooking good home cooked meals.

Do not get me wrong, I do enjoy being out and about with people, running errands, going to IIID, church, and spending life with others, but I do enjoy the slowness and stillness of the 238.

So what exactly has been going on around here amidst the simple life routine… glad you asked!

I just recently started up a small group through my church for “young professionals”. It is for those people who are just finishing up college and/or who have started a career and are not in full out family/marriage/children life mode. We have never really been given a good name for this age group, but I guess we can go with that for now. I was asked at the beginning of summer to think about leading a group, but I just was not quite ready. The concept of committing to lead a group of young adults was not there. If I was going to commit, I wanted to commit 100%, but I also wanted to do what the Lord would have me to do. I finally took that nudge the Lord was giving me and went forth with it.

Last week was the official official meeting time, and it went awesome! A group of us went over to the church and helped with an organization called Safe Harbor before heading over to my place for the Bible Study. The first few weeks of the community group we are having the opportunity to tell our stories to the group. I find that this is extremely vital to build community. In order to build trust and relationships with one another, you must know each other. Telling our stories gives this opportunity.

I am excited to see where the Lord leads this group. I know that the Lord has great plans in store and wants to do a mighty work in the lives of the young adults that are a part of it. He has called us for greater good and to be able to have the opportunity to be a part of the stories that are told is incredible!

I would ask that you all pray for this journey and that the Lord would continue to speak to those who feel as if they are suppose to be a part of this group! He has a greater purpose for each person!

Acts 2:41-43

The Believers Form a Community

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[a]), and to prayer.

43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.