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Is Your Older Adult Ministry Effective? An Easy Assessment Tool for Gauging the Effectiveness of Older Adult Ministry in Your Church
This self-assessment tool helps leaders measure their congregation's capacity for reaching seniors through service.
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Young Adult: Taking a Coalition Approach to Young Adult Ministry
This brief article provides rationale and models for imaginative and fruitful engagement with and by young adults today.
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Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood: A Practical Theology for College and Young Adult Ministry
This research-based book looks at the practical and spiritual implications of emerging adulthood for congregations and emerging adults themselves.
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Ageless Faith: A Weekly Podcast
This podcast presents a weekly 30-minute broadcast addressing an issue of practical importance to older adults and their congregations.
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Faith Formation in Adulthood
This resource combines theoretical and practical information to cover what a congregation needs to know about adult faith formation and why it matters.
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Young Adults and Your Congregation

Is your congregation seeking to reach out to young adults? Many congregations are. There can be both excitement and anxiety about engaging the generation commonly called millennials.

Not every congregation is going to be seen as a possible faith home for a 25-year-old. There are so many variables. There are so many roadblocks. The variables and roadblocks include practical matters like time of worship, location, congregational demographics and much more. The variable and roadblocks also include sacred factors like style of worship, theological worldview, opportunities for service and much more.

Level of religiousness

In the book Souls in Transition by Christian Smith with Patricia Snell, the authors summarize the dynamics that make it most likely for a teenager with strong faith to become a young adult with what they call low “religiousness.”

The statistical data is impressive and a bit overwhelming. If I’m reading it correctly, there are three primary factors that lead a teenager with high religiousness to becoming a young adult with low religiousness. These factors are lack of strong parental ties to religion, doubts about faith, and decrease in the practicing of faith activities, such as worship, prayer and service.

The authors note that consistent high religiousness of young adults contain the same dynamics, but expressed positively. Check out Chapter 8 of Souls in Transition, which was produced by the authors noted above and Kyle Longest.

Welcoming young adults

These results suggest some principles for congregations that want to be in relationship with young adults. The principles include:

Additionally, relationships and a sense of community are important to young adults. Young adults want to contribute to the design of programs. They don’t want congregational life all organized for them.

Engaging the individuals

These are principles. There are no best practices providing a magical answer for your congregation and its relationship to young adults. In fact, the use of the word “they” is a sign of the challenge. In this short piece, I’m already referring to young adults as an undifferentiated mass of folks.

You will know your congregation is engaging young adults when this group is no longer a “they,” but people with names and faces: Jill, Jose, L.D, Samson, Lori and a holy host of others.

This is sacred ground. There is much to absorb. If you are interested in learning more about your congregation and young adults, search young adults on the CRG.

I recommend these two books: Souls in Transition and You Lost Me.

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Faith Communities Today: Increasing Young Adult Participation in Churches and Other Faith Communities
Faith Communities Today is a web resource that examines congregations across an interfaith spectrum from Protestant Christian and Catholic to Jewish and Muslim, and spotlights congregations which are effectively engaging young adults and provides clues and cues to best practices.
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Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passion of Adults Over 50
This book explores how Baby Boomers reimagine life after 50 and offers guidance to minister to this demographic.
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Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth
Written by senior adult experts, this resource points to seven paths to a flourishing old age while drawing from scripture, the authors' experiences, and wisdom from mystics and other spiritual forebears.
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Living Fully, Dying Well Planning Kit: A Study for Small Groups
This DVD invites viewers to adopt a perspective of later life that is both practical and hopeful.
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