I came across this fantastic article writem by Elizabeth Rawlings which sums up a lot of my thinking around young adult ministry and children’s ministry for that matter as well.
The piece in about kids ministry but I am a firm believer that if you dont do good kids ministry and good youth ministry it will be very hard to do good young adult ministry. I am not talking about programs here but more about the posture of the congregation.
Often I talk to people from various places who ask me how to get more young people in their church. This article really digs into that and asks us back, why we want that to happen. Often my responde to these people is something like, “love some 5 year olds really well and celebrate their faith and involve them in your community in significant and meaning full ways. Then do that for 20 years.
If a community has no young people, it’s often because many years ago they decided that they did not value young people. Not as much as other things in the church anyway. They might have talked about wanting young people around, but when it came to making decisions, they didn’t value young people.
This article articulates very well, so many good things and is a great place to start if you are looking at growing your children’s ministry (or young adult ministry in 20 years)