Lead a Weblog for Young Adult Leaders
This week’s question from our Connect Conferences is an excellent, practical question when it comes to Young Adult ministry.
“How can I tell when I should start a college Bible study group and how should I go about it?”
One item to strongly consider is simple geography. Is there an institution of higher learning of any kind anywhere near my church campus? If the answer to this question is yes, then you should be working on a ministry to college students as a part of Young Adult Ministry.
Jason Hayes and Michael Kelley discuss this question from our 2008 Connect Conferences in this episode of the Threads podcast.
When our Threads team met in December to talk about what kind of content we needed on this site for the next few months, we came up with a pretty good idea. We decided to take the most asked questions we received at Connect Conferences this fall and answer them in detail. Here is Question 1: “What would you say was the number one reason programs/attempts to reach young people aren’t successful?”
Whether you call them Sunday School, small groups, connect groups, life groups, discipleship groups, nearly every church I have heard of, has groups. The question is, what is their purpose and where are you trying to take people spiritually in these groups? If you haven’t pondered why you do groups, and what different types of groups you may need, January is a great time to tackle that exercise.
As we continue to comprehend younger adults and what they’re seeking, we must learn to appreciate the heavy value they place upon connecting with people who have more life experience than they do. Some would call this mentoring or cross-generational ministry. Regardless, the bottom line is that they want to learn from someone else’s experiences.