Most multi-generational churches seemingly struggle to maintain membership involvement, connection, and investment in congregational life. Church leaders continue to evaluate the local church’s ministry effectiveness and the impact it has on the entire congregation. However, of all the local church ministries, the Young Adults’ ministry (ages 18-35) seems to the fade behind the curtain of obscurity. One of the significant concerns young adults have against some local churches is the feeling of being seen but not heard. Young adults yearn for a sense of belonging—a sense of worth. They dispute the notion of standing on the periphery of ministries and watching others do the work or make the decisions without regard to their presence. Young adults want to be a part of congregation life and actively engaged in various ministries of the church.
During October, consider ways to involve young adults in planning for the church’s Pastor and Ministry Staff Appreciation month. Churches are wise to embrace the willingness of young adults to express their giftedness and creativeness within the congregation. Allow young adults to assume ownership of their ideas and provide opportunities for mentoring and shaping their Christian enthusiasm. As we listen to the young adults in our congregations, it is possible to identify hidden spiritual gifts that can unquestionably edify the body of Christ. The church is given a tremendous opportunity to encourage young adults to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
By David E. Cox