Never before have we seen a generation so disconnected to the Christian faith as we’ve seen with millennials.
The liberal agenda of silencing Christians and promoting a self-gratifying, hedonistic lifestyle has left today’s generation rejecting the Word of God.
And the Christian church’s approach to bringing our youth and vulnerable into the faith has been largely lacking – that is up until now!
One new ministry out of Texas is taking on a new approach to reach the young people of today.
Many churches no longer pound the pavement to introduce themselves to the community. Instead, churches wait for the community to come to them.
And then, when members of the community do visit a place of worship, nothing seems to resonate or inspire the youth of today.
But these children and young adults are the future of the Church body!
Danielle De Guzman, 24, is one young adult who perfectly depicts the struggles between the Christian church and millennials today.
Growing up in a family that attended church regularly in Collin County, Texas, she struggled as an adolescent to connect with her faith.
After De Guzman graduated high school, she would occasionally visit her childhood church with her parents, but usually just waited in the lobby for services to end.
Even though she had gone to the same church for years, she never got involved with any groups and never developed personal relationships with the other members who attended.
This lack of connection and fellowship pushed her away from the faith and resulted in the party lifestyle so many young adults pursue.
But De Guzman is not alone.
Many of today’s teenagers and young adults are yearning to find relevance and meaning within the Christian faith – all the while society tells them that living a life of sin is brave and individualistic.
A poll conducted by Lifeway Research earlier this year discovered that almost two-thirds of young adults who have a history of attending church for at least one year “ended up dropping out of church for at least a year between the ages of 18 to 22.”
Thankfully, De Guzman did not become just another statistic.
She knew there had to be more to life than living for herself and partying every night.
At the age of 21, she was connected to ELEVATE Young Adult Ministry of McKinney, Texas and was given the resources she needed to get plugged into a church.
Guzman soon found the perfect church and it’s become her second home!
With new and meaningful Christian relationships, De Guzman feels a connection to her faith that she never had anywhere else.
Unfortunately, Guzman’s story seems to be the exception.
Less than one out of three young adults between the ages of 18 and 22 that do leave the church will ever return reports Lifeway Research.
These are disheartening statistics. And things must change.
Without the healing power of Christ and the fellowship of His church, an entire generation could be left with no Godly direction in their lives.
Thankfully, ELEVATE Young Adult Ministry is beginning to fill that void and starting to see a real, positive change for today’s youth.
Antwuan Malone, ministry director of ELEVATE, tells the Christian Post:
“[Churches] may or may not be the beneficiary of the benefit of the work they’re putting in because young adults are so transient. I think that the natural way for churches to think about things outside of missions work is to see if their resources can come back to the ministry. Because there’s not a lot of immediate benefit in that area, I think that makes it hard for people to put in the proper amount of resources for young adult ministry.”
Nevertheless, our youth are still the future of the Truth and the Christian church – and they are in dire need of spiritual guidance and support.
As ELEVATE explains on their website:
“Elevate is a compliment to the local church in the effort to keep young adults active and engaged with God’s one mission to save the world … Elevate exists to ensure that the church is left off in a better place than we found it.”
Right now, their resources are limited to only a small region around McKinney, but their ministry could transform the nation if brought to other churches and states.
And with the progressive left going after the hearts and minds of our children and youth today, it’s more important than ever to show them the need for Christ in their lives and give them a strong community of believers.
Who knows where De Guzman would be if it weren’t for ELEVATE Young Adult Ministry.
Are you a young person who’s struggled to find a connection in the Christian church?
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