Why Churches NEED a Young Adults Ministry….

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What is going on?   

Back in my youth group days, I always wondered what I could be a part of in the church once I graduated. The truth was, there was nothing. The majority of churches across America have not dove into ministry for young adults or found a place in their church for the 18-and-graduated to around age 28.

After searching the web, I found some staggering statistics about young adults and the church. Firstly, 70% of young adults drop out of church. Many of them say they would not have left if:

  1. The church helped guide life decisions
  2. Parents were still married and went to churchya image
  3. Sermons were relevant to their life
  4. An adult in the church poured into them in a significant way to impact them spiritually and personally

These statistics should take your breath away. A young adults ministry is so important because many churches are not reaching out to this age group. What is there for young adults to do except give into temptation and join in with the ways of the world?

So what does a YOUNG ADULT ministry do?!

1) A place to call their OWN…

People like to have ownership or a place away from home to call theirs and that is exactly what this ministry provides. Young adults need a place they can go hang out and connect with people. A place where they can be completely themselves and not have to worry about what others may think about them. They need a place with a positive atmosphere. Granted, there will be spurts of drama and people not liking others, but that is beside the point. The point is this: they get to choose how much they DIVE IN so they can get A LOT OUT OF IT. However, if nothing is there for them to dive into, then there is nothing for them to call their own.

2) Getting CONNECTED…

 Getting connected into a new age group is a tough ride, but is necessary. Connecting young adults to the events that are going on and to others is essential to keeping them around. People will stop coming if they do not have anyone one there that wants them there, or likes them. Young adults need to connect with others to invite opportunity for friendship to take root.

3) Keeping a Relevant Message and Events…

One of the top reason young adults drop out or stop attending church is due to the fact that their leader or pastor was not doing anything relevant to them. Whether they were not doing anything relevant to their daily lives or where not providing events relevant in this day and age, being relevant to the crowd that we are serving is a big part of keeping that age group in or out of the church. While the particular demographic you are serving depends on which part of the United States you are in, it is the young adult leader’s job to find out what is relevant to them or not. How, one may ask? Intrude their lives by spending time with them: to see their likes and dislikes, and what is “hip” or not. Bringing the needs of the young adults out and serving them in those ways will plant seeds of growth and of enjoyment.

Why DID I just read this???

You read this because the truth is that if churches continue to neglect the young adult age group, the numbers of church dropouts will rise. It is not fun hearing the blunt truth sometimes, but the truth is right there. Young adults are in NEED of attention because they are being lost to the world. It is NOT about us, it is about bringing people to JESUS and that is exactly what a young adults ministry is – connecting people with people and showing them the love of Christ.

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W (minus “W”) JD: What Jesus DID

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Have you ever asked yourself the question, “WWJD?” Well for all of you slow pokes out there, it means, “What would Jesus do?” It has become the question many people ask themselves when facing a tough trial or situation, and it points them to the one source that can show what He would have done by going to the Scriptures. But have you ever really asked yourself what Jesus DID?

Many Christians, even myself, ask ourselves that question and search through scripture and then answer it with, “Jesus was God in the flesh, and was perfect so He did not have any struggles…” That, my friends, is a lie. Jesus struggled in this world as much as we do. In Hebrew 2:14-18 it reads:

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, keep-calm-and-wwjd-2that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:14-18 ESV)

Jesus was as much man, as he was God. And Jesus did just as he instructed us to do, pick up our crosses daily. By doing that we are denying ourselves and looking toward the cross that Jesus died on for us. Jesus was not a spotless lamb and the sinless Son of Man, because he could come to Earth and walk through it without being tempted. Jesus was tempted, but it is not for the fact that he WAS tempted, it was for what he did daily to combat it. PICKED UP his cross. DENIED himself.

Let not the question, “WWJD,” lead you to the Scriptures to have the enemy attack you with the fact that Jesus was God in flesh. But let you run to the Scriptures to see all that Jesus was tempted with, and see what HE DID to combat them. Let us be led to PICK UP our crosses, and DENY OURSELVES so Jesus and the cross may be exalted.