Reaching the Next Generation
Posted on November 1, 2018 10:00 AM by Mark Snowden
David Evans sat across from several Southern Baptist leaders. He pastored for several years and has had success reaching into the next generation age groupings. He is now the evangelism leader for Tennessee Baptists.
Are young adults on your heart? Consider:
:: According to the U.S. Census, the 2013 population estimates of our nine counties were comprised of 322,000 people ages 20 to 34; primarily Millennials. This is 16.9% of our 1.78 million population.
:: In the book, The Great Evangelical Recession, John Dickerson noted that 3.7 million evangelicals are 18-29 years old. In that age group, 260,000 leave their churches – and their faith – every year; 712 per day.
:: LifeWay research has learned that 35% of 18-29 yea rold “prodigals” do return, but some 65% never do.
Evans’s church asked, “Is the church really relevant in my life?” That question inspired the church to look at three important practices that would get after lostness in his community, and particularly Millennials.
1. Assimilation process. Their church voted that church leaders could include 13 year-olds. Evans pointed out that by the age 18, most students have left their churches.
2. Causes. Next generation young adults want to be part of something bigger than their life. They want to be personally involved and support projects that help meet need and also bring the gospel into the conversation. Keep casting vision.
3. Memories. Young adults with children have one
window of time each week. The best time to help families make memories might be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., right after nap time. Evans added, “Kids aren’t sharing the Gospel because their parents didn’t.”
Being a role model is the key.
Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association.