Presentation on theme: "Next Gen?. My Experience Youth group growing up (Volunteer) Uni Christian groups (Volunteer) Café Gen Y (Volunteer) Gold Coast North (Part time)"— Presentation transcript:
My Experience Youth group growing up (Volunteer) Uni Christian groups (Volunteer) Café Gen Y (Volunteer) Gold Coast North (Part time) Bardon (Part time)
What is a Young Adult? Age Psychologist Erik Erison states 20 to 40 Some studies 18 to 21 Others 18 to 24 Others 18 to 30 What do you think? For this use NCLS Y.A. ages 18 to 30
What is a Young Adult? Interests? Music Sport Interweb (Memes, Youtube, etc.) Own business Many forms of Technology What do you think?
Next Gen Y? D. Kinnaman 43% drop “teens to “adulthood” ABoS “no religion” rise from 0.4% in 1901 to 15.5% in 2001 to 22.3% in 2011 Less than 10% Aus. pop attend church NCLS Study states 80% leave by 30 NCLS Study 25,000 young adults left last 10 yrs 29% of Aus Pop only 3% of Churches Feelings?
Reasons Have been hurt Adult life doesn’t mix Distractions Sceptical Exhausted/Time is limited I don’t get it Doesn’t understand needs
St Hilary’s Study The Power of Legacy Staffing Community Small Groups Training Involvement Focus on Transitions
What Can We Do? Have a meal as a group (Fellowship) Teach them creatively about the Bible (Study) Socials/Activities that engage (Evangelism)
Church Service Analyse current service Make service current and always changing with trends and needs Focus every aspect on the non-churched Focused gifting
What Can We Do? Have a meal as a group (Fellowship) Teach them creatively about the Bible (Study) Socials/Activities that engage (Evangelism) The biggest need is this: Get to know them one on one (Discipleship)
Discipleship Do not try and mass produce believers Do not play the number game Do not play the comparison game Give them a reason to believe Time = Impact "These relationships would not be solely focused on spiritual growth, but should integrate the pursuit of faith with the whole life."
Discipleship cont... Take Jesus example Choose three potential (Peter, John and James) Pray 1 hour per week/fortnight Spend approx. 1 hour preparing Preferably same gender
Choose someone Write on piece of paper Commit to yourself, to God and to this person that you will input into their life and help them grow
Volunteer advice 1 hour/week dedicated Current groups/events/activities Camps/Mountain top experiences Payment
Other Ideas? Alpha Emmaus, Ichthus, SU Camps, Other camps Uni Christian groups Other denominations
Don’t Give Up Discouragement is a large part of youth ministry But don’t confuse with over doing it