• Homework Diner: Connecting with Younger Adults

    Homework Diner: Connecting with Younger Adults

    While NBC News has a story about a school doing this, almost every healthy intergenerational church I have studied offers a version of this kind of cradle to college working class family support. They act on the needs of the whole family unit: food, education, networks of support, work, reading, language and safety.  Healthy intergenerational […]Read More »
  • Two Top Ways to Reach Out with Younger Adults Right Now

    Two Top Ways to Reach Out with Younger Adults Right Now

    Talk to a younger adult. Seriously. 46% of the population is under the age of 35. You see them nearly every day. You probably buy something from someone under 35 most days. Ask one of those you encounter a question that can’t be answered “Yes or No.” Need a suggestion about what to ask? Try […]Read More »
  • What is your Attitude toward Voicemail?

    What is your Attitude toward Voicemail?

    What is your Attitude toward Voicemail? Younger adults don’t care much for it, according to this article and just about every young person I’ve spoken with. Do you have a strategy to communicate with people who just don’t want to use a venue you prefer? One church I work with posts invitations to every event […]Read More »
  • The Art of Talking to Strangers

    The Art of Talking to Strangers

    It is a lonely world out there, filled with strangers you encounter every day.  You can walk through a mall, shop in a store, eat in a restaurant without even having a human contact beyond “paper or plastic?”  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Conversation is the art that restores a richness to life […]Read More »
  • Duke Grant to Support Young Adult Engagement for Rural NC Churches

    Duke Grant to Support Young Adult Engagement for Rural NC Churches

    The North Carolina Conference Office of Connectional Ministries has received a 2014-15 grant from The Duke Endowment to equip rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina to engage the young adults living in their mission field.  Up to 30 UM churches are invited to participate in a year of training and coaching. The grant provides a subsidy, but each participating church […]Read More »
  • Millennials Increasingly Unaffiliated

    Millennials Increasingly Unaffiliated

    In a new Pew Research summary, Millennials are noted for the highest percentage ever recorded of people reporting to be unaffiliated with any religious institution.  The unaffiliated percentage has grown significantly in the last seven years for every generational cohort except the Silent Generation. What opportunities for the church exist in this trend?  It nails the […]Read More »
  • 26 Conversation Starters

    26 Conversation Starters

    If you could change one thing about this community, what would it be? What was your favorite childhood toy? If you had to live in another country, which one would you choose? If you could only eat one food, and nothing else, for three days in a row, what would it be? What three words […]Read More »
  • Beyond Backpacks: How to Become the Body of Christ in Your Neighborhood

    Beyond Backpacks: How to Become the Body of Christ in Your Neighborhood

    Webinar by Steve James:  Churches across the country are following after Jesus, “The word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.”  Learn some of the beautiful ways that God’s Holy Spirit is leading people from filling backpacks and writing checks to becoming the hands and feet of Jesus alongside children and their families in the neighborhood. […]Read More »
  • Reaching the Generation Born after 1995

    Reaching the Generation Born after 1995

    You can download the notes from the event here: Reaching the Generation Born after 1995 Please share your feedback for the Hangout by completing a short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HLJHF3QRead More »