One thing that I noticed at my church (in regards to how the church reaches out to the college-aged students) was the fact that the college students where the ones that started the conversation for the need of there being something for us. For a long time there was never a need for that conversation to happen since most college kids went to Adventist colleges but that has been changing. At first we had to do a lot of the work ourselves, creating our own program to fit our needs, we created a suport system for ourselves. The church realized that we were being serious and wanted to learn more. Once we had that communication started we now have so much support from the church. My church is in a college town (3 colleges/universities) and we are still working on keeping and reaching out to more SDA students that either don’t know there is a church here, or do know and just don’t want to know, and we are reaching those who need to be reached.
Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world” and that is no different when it comes to church. Start talking to the pastor, elders, anyone in the church and let them know that they shouldn’t forget the college students who are around them.
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Anonymous asked: I really like y'alls website; it made my day! I have a question for you guys: There are little to no young adults at my church, and no programs or ministries for them. As a college-aged student myself, I would like to know if young adults still attend your church, and how the church reaches out to them. Once most people go to college at my church, they stop coming to church as much.
I’ve really been thinking over your question because it’s a little hard for me to answer. You see, since I go to an Adventist college, all the churches are jam-packed with young people. It’s great to be a part of, honestly, but I feel like I have lost touch a bit with college age youth in normal home churches. My home church has lost most of its youth as well once they went off to college, for several reasons. Some became tired of the service and wanted something more lively, some were disillusioned by the members, etc. But I talked to two people who were a part of thriving young adult groups while in secular colleges, usually the churches around the colleges themselves.
One of the people I asked mentioned that around the time school is starting, they hang flyers around the campus, letting them know that there is, in fact, an active SDA church nearby and that they are willing to provide transportation. What more, they have formed a campus club called connected2christ, which is open to anyone who wishes to come. The pastor also shows up to the weekly meetings.
For my other contact, he stated that there is a program at his college by Adventists especially to network the Adventist students together. Usually college students that go to the local church would be reaching out to the other college students on campus as a friend/mentor kinda thing. They have Bible studies, go to church programs, etc.
As for actual programs inside the church? They seem pretty basic. The young adults often have a worship/vespers that they run by themselves, with some input from other church members. They sometimes lead out church services. They have potluck, “rap” sessions, and camping together. Most of these are fully organized by them.
So, I don’t really know how this would translate to home churches that are not near campuses. But I think the main thing is making the young adults feel like they’re actually wanted and valued, taken seriously and not undermined. Letting them expand a bit and work with their talents. I think that’s also why the church services at my college thrive as well; because they have an input and feel like they belong there. Also, reaching out to people and not letting them go. I feel like churches are not really too supportive when it comes to fellowship; once you get the seat in the pew and the name on the members’ list, that’s it. Honestly, that shouldn’t be the case. This is what I think could possibly help bring young adults, and youth in general, back in the church.
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Anonymous asked: You know you're a jerk when your family goes broke putting you through Adventist education only for you to leave the church.
First off, dude(ette), this is a “You Know You’re an SDA When…” tumblr. I don’t see the word “jerk” in there. We’re not out to bash on anyone at all. Honestly, that’s not Christ-like.
I’m answering this one because it just appalls me. Seriously? You’d go so far to hate someone, be it a category of people or an individual, to suggest we spread the disdain for it?
A person, an individual, has every right to leave the church and search for God elsewhere. Who knows why they left? Likely, it’s a personal feeling that something’s just not quite right. If you feel like the SDA Church is off… look into it. If you find that the truth conflicts with the SDA Church’s stance on something… feel free to leave.
It’s my personal belief that under NO circumstances should you decide to stay with the church on the SOLE basis of the fact that your parents put you through private school, and you feel obligated to them. They paid out their nose, yes. Feel obligated. But DON’T go basing your spiritual beliefs off of that. If anything, give your religion a decent chance. Do more research… look at things from the perspective of “they might be right about this…”. Ask a pastor or someone who’d know about stuff.
My point is this: Following the path you find most truth in doesn’t make you a jerk. Asserting that some such person IS a jerk is insanely ignorant.
Don’t get me wrong: There’s only one truth… and I believe that Seventh-Day Adventist Church has more than anyone else out there. But I believe that our understanding of the truth is incomplete. If I were to find something that still contradicted the Adventist Church’s beliefs, stances, or doctrines, and did enough research to be convinced I wasn’t mistaken, and had consulted people who knew more than I, and prayed on it a good bit… I’d leave. Straight up. My parents put me through the Adventist education system for 12 years… and helped me attend Andrews University for a year before I had to leave. They’re STILL helping me out with paying a portion of the loans I took out.
Call me a jerk. Seriously, do it. If you’d ignore the truth merely because your parents taught you different and paid good money for you to learn different, you’re merely being ignorant. I beg of you to reconsider your standpoint on this one. Ignorance is not becoming of someone who actually wants to know the truth.