We had a great meeting with our 20s & 30s yesterday. Last year we had 10 people show up who wanted to be involved in leadership. This year we had over 20. What is amazing to me about it is that their perspective has grown so much deeper over the last 6 months as many of them have had leadership roles within the ministry. Those who are changing roles are eager to train those who will fill their shoes and we will have many more leadership positions with multiple people filling them. I can’t give any greater piece of advice on making a 20s & 30s group work than to keep it God centered and to let them run the nuts and bolts of the ministry.
What has also been helpful to our ministry is our congregation’s push for energetic worship. We had Keith Lancaster back last week for his Praise and Harmony Workshop but not even just that. Throughout the year we have been pushing forward energetic worship that has encouraged a high degree of participation from the congregation. Our 20s & 30s really connect with it and what is more, they feel safe inviting their friends to Bible class and worship knowing that it will be an uplifting experienced. I applaud our elders for two things in particular. 1 – For their vision to see the need to reach out to young families. 2 – Their desire to keep our worship contemporary even though there are always some who don’t like the new songs. I also appreciate our congregation for being open to change and also for being so loving and friendly to each other.