September 29-30, 2018
We will have Doctor Allan Martin, PhD as our guest speaker this coming weekend.
Pastor Martin will be presenting “Growing Together”.
Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Together provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain young people. Packed with ideas, Growing Together shows how to position ourselves to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church.
There are six strategies essential to Grow Together:
- Unlock Keychain Leadership: Keychain leaders entrust others with access and authority, and empower all generations including teens and emerging adults with their own metaphorical “set of keys” to help influence and shape the direction of the church.
- Empathize with Today’s Young People: This means “feeling with young people” as they grapple with existential questions of identity, belonging, and purpose; as they experience “systemic abandonment” due to divorce and the self-absorbed adults around them; and as they act out a desire for connection through social media.
- Take Jesus’ Message Seriously: “Jesus reigns over poor theology and his words ring true for young sojourners hungry for life-giving direction.” One young interviewee said, “The goal for our church is not really effectiveness with young people, but serving and following Jesus. And young people like me are attracted to churches that want to do that.”
- Fuel a Warm Community: “Warm is the new cool”. Authenticity triumphs over worship style or a multitude of programs. Young people praise their churches for “warm” attributes, such as welcoming, belonging, accepting, hospitable, and caring.
- Prioritize Young People (and Families) Everywhere: There is a disproportionate prioritization of young people—an impulse that, rather than excluding older generations, breathed life into the entire congregation. As one pastor put it, “Everyone rises when you focus on young people.” Involving young people in every ministry has allowed these churches to thrive with authenticity and intergenerational relationships.
- Be the Best Neighbors: In churches committed to grow together, the community accepts the difficult task of offering young people a thoughtful path to neighboring well. They provide opportunities for teens and emerging adults to serve others, pursue social justice, find their calling, interact with popular culture, and respond to heated cultural issues.
- Worship Service 11am (Sanctuary)
- Afternoon Meeting 2-4 pm (Fellowship Hall)
- Sunday breakfast 9:30-11:30 am (Fellowship Hall – Bring a dish to share!)