Every once in a while I’m asked by someone in the church, “where are the young adults in our church?” My initial thought is this is a person who genuinely cares but has a blind spot to this area of ministry in the church. It’s no different than our lack of awareness about any ministry in the church that we’re not connected to at the time. Think about it for a minute, you connect with the people that you’re in ministry with and without some intentional effort you can have a blind spot to other ministries you don’t participate in, it’s almost as though they don’t exist sometimes.
Our College & Career ministry is one of those ministries that easily can be a blind spot for many members. They’re a very transient group as they transition through various life stages…new jobs, new relationships, new colleges, and moving away. That doesn’t even consider the fact that many of them are experiencing adulthood for the first time and trying to figure out if they want to do things the same way they’ve had to do them under their parent's authority up to this point. It creates a unique challenge, to say the least in a town where the closest major college campus of any size is at least 20 minutes away.
All that being said, it’s been exciting to see as God has grown the ministry to young adults. From the earliest stages of it, it was evident that God had a plan and despite who we may have thought was necessary for that plan, He provided who He knew we needed. I’m very excited to see God work among our young adults and those in the community and since this is a blind spot for many in the church, want to give you a glimpse into what God is doing.
While most of you are at home on Wednesday evenings, our College & Career (
While that is exciting, what is just getting started excites me even more. Just like other groups in our Sunday School ministry, we’ve been working through how to be more intentional in reaching people for Christ knowing that we need to do better to fulfill our purpose as a ministry. We spent multiple weeks during our gathering
One of the first things that came out of our discussions was that we needed to spend time weekly praying for lost people. Since then we’ve been breaking up into small groups of 2-3 to pray for lost people by name and for our prayer partners obedience when God presents opportunities. I’ve got 3 young adults in mind right now that I’m praying for that work at a local Starbucks with one of our young men. It changes things when we begin to think about and pray for lost people.
Another thing that came out of our discussions was that we needed to have events outside our typical gathering time where we sought to bring people together that wouldn’t otherwise step foot into one of our worship services or our small group Bible Study. Our goal is to bring people together and then to give them the opportunity to respond to the gospel. Our first attempt at this will be May 27 as one of the young women is putting together a scavenger hunt where everyone is being encouraged to build their own team with the intent of having a time afterward where they can share testimonies of how Christ has changed their lives and how He can change theirs as well.
They’re not pretending like they’ve arrived, nor reached the point where we can be satisfied with the ministry but they are starting to embrace the reality of the fact that God has blessed us with such a ministry and in doing so has given us the responsibility to reach more young adults. This is only a couple steps they’re taking to be more intentional. To that end, I think if they continue on this path, that within the year, we’ll have another group of young adults meeting on a weekly basis….and who knows what God has in store from there.
One of the best things you can do is pray for these young adults. Pray for them as they take steps to reach people for Christ. Pray for their obedience and the hearts of those that they’re trying to reach. Pray for those that graduate and have to go through a significant life change that results in having to find new friends and places to connect. Pray for more young adults who are serious about the mission of God to rise up, to be a part of a core group that would start another Bible study group, maybe even on Sunday morning.
Our church is blessed to have young adults, seriously we are….some churches, like us a few years ago aren’t fortunate enough to have a group of young adults doing ministry together. Encourage young adults when you see them…many are serving on Sunday mornings. While you’re praying for them, ask God how He might lead you to do what they’re doing….trying to be intentional as a group in reaching people. Your Sunday school group could probably take the task of reaching people more seriously as well, just like the College & Career ministry has begun to do!