• Calling Their Name

    Calling Their Name

    1 Samuel 3 Verse 10: Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.” Every day in your home town, God is calling out the name of someone, just as God did long ago for Samuel.  Like Samuel, they may hear […]Read More »
  • Crumbling Walls

    Crumbling Walls

    SOMETHING there is that doesn’t love a wall,     That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,      And spills the upper boulders in the sun;                And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. from: Mending Wall by Robert Frost The walls around every church have grown taller and wider in recent years.  From within the walls, the change […]Read More »
  • Millennial Grace

    Millennial Grace

    Church leaders continue to receive a depressing litany of the reasons that young adults are not coming to their churches. Leaders are frustrated when they put together programs and invite young people to church and few (or none) show up. But young adults are flocking to embrace brands, organizations, and churches that provide an extraordinary […]Read More »
  • 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 »