Monday, September 15, 2008

13 days later...

So since my last post, I attended an event sponsored by the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church called "Missing: Young Adults" that focused on one of the missing demographic groups within area United Methodist congregations and offer local congregations ideas/strategies/information to reach a generation of adults who have grown up with a negative image of Christianity. The keynote speaker was David Kinnaman, President of the Barna Research Group and one of the authors of the recent book, unChristian. Getting to spend time with presenters, friends, and with Kinnaman himself offered some great insights into how, as a young adult with a negative image of Christianity, I can work with and within the church to reach other "outsiders" who share this idea.

During one of the presentations, a speaker noted that United Methodism finds it roots in the minds of two young adults (brothers, in fact) who also saw the church they were a part of missing opportunities to reach the "outsiders" of their day. For me, this was a real "a-ha" moment that raised so many different ideas that I plan to post about over the next couple of weeks. I encourage you to visit www.yasummit.com to see a list of the speakers involved and some resources available to include young adults in the ministry of your congregation.

2 comments:

Steve Heyduck said...

Thanks for the reminder and the link. I thought the day was a smashing success!

praying postmodern said...

Just remember that those two brothers spent a lot of time PRAYING and reading the BIBLE!