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Evangelizing Young Adults Bill Cork. The Graying of Adventism Median age of US: 36 Median age of Adventists: 51 Episcopal = 60 PCUSA = 54 ELCA = 54 RC.

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1 Evangelizing Young Adults Bill Cork

2 The Graying of Adventism Median age of US: 36 Median age of Adventists: 51 Episcopal = 60 PCUSA = 54 ELCA = 54 RC = 47 Hispanics = 26

3 Age Profile

4 Age by Generations

5 Dropping Out LifeWay study of Protestant young adults (18-30) April-May LifeWay study of Protestant young adults (18-30) April-May % drop out before age % drop out before age 23. 2/3rds have returned to some degree by age 30 2/3rds have returned to some degree by age 30 (divided between those who attend sporadically and those who attend 2x month) (divided between those who attend sporadically and those who attend 2x month)

6 Young Adults Today I Am Special I Am Special Follow My Dreams Follow My Dreams Mobile Mobile Cultural Diversity Assumed Cultural Diversity Assumed Technologically Hardwired Technologically Hardwired Pragmatic Pragmatic Materialistic Materialistic

7 Young Adults Today Extended Adolescence Extended Adolescence High Expectations High Expectations Sexual Disconnection Sexual Disconnection Hooking Up Hooking Up STDs STDs Relationships Matter Relationships Matter Soul Mate Soul Mate

8 Young Adults Today Spiritual Hunger Spiritual Hunger Biblically Illiterate Biblically Illiterate Personal Experience Central Personal Experience Central Moral Relativism Moral Relativism Desire to Serve Desire to Serve Crime Statistics Down Crime Statistics Down Better Relationships with Parents Better Relationships with Parents

9 Questions Are we in the same place as young adults? Are we in the same place as young adults? Literally? Literally?

10 Houstons Young Adults: Where they are … and arent.

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12 Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Houston

13 Questions Are we in the same place as young adults? Are we in the same place as young adults? Literally? Literally? Worldview? Worldview?

14 Postmodernism Jean-François Lyotard, La Condition Postmoderne, 1979: Jean-François Lyotard, La Condition Postmoderne, 1979: I define postmodern as incredulity toward meta- narratives. I define postmodern as incredulity toward meta- narratives.

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19 Questions Are we in the same place as young adults? Are we in the same place as young adults? Literally? Literally? Worldview? Worldview? Will the traditional SDA approach work? Will the traditional SDA approach work? What might be more effective? What might be more effective?

20 How did you become an Adventist?

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24 Resources Center for Secular and Postmodern Studies Center for Secular and Postmodern Studies Adventist Christian Fellowship (ministry to public college students) Adventist Christian Fellowship (ministry to public college students) The Word on Campus The Word on Campus IGNITION: young adult blog (NAD) IGNITION: young adult blog (NAD) Center for Creative Mininstry Center for Creative Mininstry NAD Demographic Profile, NAD Demographic Profile,


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