10 Strategies to Engage Young Adults
From a webinar in November 2018 with Rev. Dr. Jennie Edwards Bertrand and Roxy Twaddle (now Roxy DeLong)
1. Authenticity is Key- everyone gets to be who they are. Your interests and personality will connect with. Millennials have been marketed to and can see through the crap.
2. There is a difference between planning for young adults who are already coming to church and those that haven’t been to church. Plan for who you want to attract. If you already have young adults worshipping, they choose you! You can continue to invest in the ministry of young adults who have already chosen you or the young adults who aren’t coming. The ones who are already present, will probably not like what is planned for those who aren’t already coming.
3. Text messaging is the simplest way to connect consistently with young adults. Phone calls don’t work. They will listen to voicemail.
4. Service projects. Young adults want to know that the church cares about the community through service, but young adults may not show up and actually do the work.
5. Young adults want to be mentored. They also need to be mentored before and during positions of leadership. They will take up more of your time before they can take solo responsibilities. Have more ICNU conversations. “I see in you” the gifts to be a leader in this capacity.
5 step process for mentoring
1. I lead, you watch. Afterwards we talk. (We talk the next day. Both have time to reflect and process)
2. I lead, you help. We talk.
3. You lead, I help. We talk.
4. You lead, I watch. We talk. (this can be one week, or months)
5. The mentee begins to mentor other people.
This process can take 3 weeks or the school year. When it begins to feel stagnant, it’s time to move onto the next step.
Because you’ve built such a relationship, it becomes natural to identify strengths and weaknesses.
Watch the whole webinar, including Q&A here: https://www.igrc.org/10Strategies