5 Steps for Creating a Ministry with Young Adults
Last Updated Friday, September 1, 2017
- Find an incarnational convener of the group . “Here I am, send me.” – Isaiah 6:8
- Find a leader, who: 1) is similar to the people you are trying to reach, and 2) has gifts in convening a group of people together. Often times it is a young adult who sees wants to get to know other people that they see around the church. Identify people who in a similar age and life stage who are spread out across the church through different worship services or missions opportunities.
- Provide a list of young adult’s names and contact information for the convener(s) to contact and invite to a leadership team to figure out how they want to connect. Establish funding, space, conversation and anything else to support the conveners to begin their work.
- Create a Team - “Come follow me and I will send you out to fish for people.” –Matt. 4:19
- The conveners launch a team of 4-6 additional people, who are interested in connecting. The creative genius of a few people gathering to say what you would want to do. It is easier to lead when there is a group that would be willing to work together. The team shares the leadership with the convener and commits to help make it happen.
- Questions to ask: How are young adults in worship, study, fellowship or service in this congregation? Who are the people who are present? Who do we know that would be interested but not connected yet? What would you like to pitch? Is it a small group?
- Cast an idea or vision to others. “Without a vision, the people perish.” Prov. 29:18
- Be intentional about who is meeting together at the same time and at the same place. Find out who is interested in what.
- Link like young adults who already come to meet each other.
- Discover a strategy for connecting different types of young adults or to start from this one group who starts “doing life together in a community” and go from there.
- Try it out. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…” Matt. 6:33
- Find a time, place, strategy, funding, what are you going to do and why are you doing it. Try something out for a short period of time (6-8 weeks).
- Find clarity on what the core group wants to get out of it. Get the logistics down. Establish how to keep in communication (texts, Facebook, emails).
- Evaluate & Always Invite Others. “Go and make disciples of all nations…” Matt. 28: 10
- There is always room for one more. If there is too many and it’s a small group, break off into another and start another.
- Make the invitation simple and easy to say in 2 minutes to someone you would see in worship or could post in social media.