While many churches are losing members and vitality, others are bucking that trend by attracting and engaging young people. Instead of aging, some churches are growing young. For the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists [NPUC], “Growing Young” tops the list of current priorities across their territory which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
How can we as a church engage, reach and love younger generations better? How do we create the leadership of not only the future, but today? How do we change our culture so that every member is empowered to fulfill their calling for Jesus Christ?
NPUC President, John Freedman shared, “Let’s stop just wringing our hands, kicking this down to some future spot in the road. We have the ability to stop simply quoting statistics and start being active about making young people a priority now. Our churches and congregations are growing older. So our top priority is to intentionally move forward together in “growing young.” It’s possible to make decisions today that will proactively engage our young people with Christ and the church. Together we can identify and implement processes that will help our churches to become generationally revived. Our young people often feel very much unheard. It’s long past time for us to listen carefully and act intentionally. Our local conferences are on board with this, and we will encourage each step in this direction.”
“It’s possible to make decisions today that will proactively engage our young people with Christ and the church.”