“Dig In” Is a young adult community ages 18-29. It’s all about digging into the scriptures, pursuing God and encouraging each other in their daily walk!
Justin and Arie Smith are our group leaders for “Dig In”
“Dig In” is a young adult community that is all about digging in to the Scriptures, pursuing God and building strong fellowship.
This group also hosts monthly activities such as; game nights, volley ball, football, barbecues, hikes, bonfires, camping, snowboarding and skiing, bowling, karaoke and much more!
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.
It runs in churches, bars, coffee shops and homes all around the globe. Typically, Alpha has around ten sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts.
Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage debate and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment.
DID YOU KNOW?
It is estimated that at least 60% of the 20’s generation is leaving the church and is more secular in it’s thinking. That is 6 out of every 10 young adults.
Findings from the 2014 ARG (America’s Research Group) research on the 20’s generation in the church found that:
- Over 40% state they are not born again.
- 35% declare the Bible has errors or that they don’t know if it has errors.
- Close to 90% attend public school.
- Over 20% left school believing the Bible was less true.
- Over 45% say they were not taught to defend their faith at Sunday school.
- 45% say homosexual behavior is not a sin or that they don’t know if it is a sin.
- 40% believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry and have legal rights, and an additional 10% say they don’t know if they should or not.
- 20% believe there are books other than the Bible that are inspired by God, and an additional 10% don’t know if there are.
- 65% believe if you are a good person you will go to heaven.
5 Reasons Millennials Stay
Connected To Church
David Kinnaman Author of “You Lost Me” says “Millennials are craving depth—a need the Church is uniquely poised to meet.” In this respect, the research points to five ways faith communities can build deeper, more lasting connections with Millennials.
Listed below is what is working and what churches can do and what Saint James Church is doing to engage these young adults.
1. Make room for meaningful relationships.
The Barna study uncovered a significant difference between the two groups the 20 somethings that stayed and the ones that dropped out.
Those who stay were twice as likely to have a close personal friendship with an adult inside the church (59% of those who stayed report such a friendship versus 31% among those who are no longer active).
The same pattern is evident among more intentional relationships such as mentoring—28% of Millennials who stay had an adult mentor at the church other than their pastor, compared to 11% of dropouts who say the same.
2. Teach cultural discernment.
Active Millennial Christians are more than twice as likely to say they “learned about how Christians can positively contribute to society” compared to those who drop out (46% versus 20%).
“Better understand my purpose in life through church” (45% versus 12%).
3. Make reverse mentoring a priority.
Effective ministry to Millennials means helping these young believers discover their own mission in the world, not merely asking them to wait their turn.
One way to think about this generation is that they are exiles in something like a ‘digital Babylon’—an immersive, interactive, image-rich environment in which many older believers feel foreign and lost. The truth is, the Church needs the next generation’s help to navigate these digital terrains.”
4. Embrace the potency of vocational discipleship.
Teach a more potent theology of vocation, or calling. Millennials who have remained active are three times more likely than dropouts to say they learned to view their gifts and passions as part of God’s calling (45% versus 17%).
They are four times more likely to have learned at church “how the Bible applies to my field or career interests” (29% versus 7%). A similar gap exists when it came to receiving helpful input from a pastor about education (21% versus 5%), though going so far as offering a scholarship (5% versus 2%) was not particularly widespread.
5. Facilitate connection with Jesus.
Finally, more than a mere community club helping youth cross the threshold of adulthood, church communities can help Millennials generate a lasting faith by facilitating a deeper sense of intimacy with God. For example, Millennials who remain active are more likely than those who dropped out to say they believe Jesus speaks to them personally in a way that is real and relevant (68% versus 25%). Additionally, actives are much more likely to believe the Bible contains wisdom for living a meaningful life (65% versus 17%).
Information provided by Barna.org. Research Releases in Millennials & Generations – September 17, 2013. To read full article click here.