Attracting the Younger Generation
This discussion with a young person about her church experience will spark ideas for you to reach out to younger people in your community.
- For some, a campus ministry experience in college is a good way to help students think about what it means to live out their faith.
- The time after college brings different experiences:
- Interacting with people of all generations
- Realizing you’re an adult
- Taking “your parents’ faith” on as your own
- It’s a surprise to go to church and see nobody like yourself.
- The pastor (or other church leaders) can make a difference:
- Recognize a young believer’s desire to be part of the church
- Encourage that person to action, creating a community of young believers
- Be a faithful resource
- Help them to step into leadership roles; give them a place in ministry
- Important to young-adult Christians:
- Be together, “hang out” to create relationships
- Feel understood
- Spend time in the Word together
- Service that allows for them to live out their faith
- Remember: a church body is made up of mentors and mentees. Nourish those generational opportunities to pass on the faith.
- Who is a young person with a connection to our church that could pull together a group and start building relationships?
- Where do we have service opportunities available as an outlet for faith in action?