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Why do you want young people in church?

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)

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Love, Collaborate & Innovate.

I have just finished reading “You lost me” by David Kinnaman, which talks about the challenges facing the church in response to a generation of young adults that have said to the church, “you lost me”. In the last chapter he gets inputs from a stack of people on how the church can response to this challenge. Charles Lee gives an incredible challenge to the church in this little nugget.

The creative implementation of innovative ideas is at an all-time high. Rapid advancements in technology and human networks have exponentially opened up new pathways to actualizing one’s passions. Unlike in past centuries, people no longer need to wait for “permission” from established institutions to pursue a dream. If a person genuinely cares about a product or cause and commits wholeheartedly to giving his or her life to it, he or she will find or be found by a tribe of like-minded people. What does this mean for the church today? We must humbly recognize our inability to “manage” people. Most are not asking to be managed but rather loved. We must move from cultures like Britannica (i.e., closed and controlled) to that of Wikipedia (i.e., open and collaborative) in which new ideas are welcome, easily shared, and postured for refinement and collaboration. We must architect more communities that allow for innovation without threat and inspiration without judgment. The alternative to all of this will be a growing trend of disinterest, pessimism, and abandonment.

WOW! How could your church respond to this?

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