February 7, 2013
by Sarah Bixler
Conference Coordinator

Why VMC young adults love the church

  • Caring and supportive community
  • Diverse relationships of friendship and unity
  • A place of belonging
  • A place to fit in (even if I’m broken or different)
  • I’m genuinely wanted as a family member
  • I find Jesus at work, changing the world through the Spirit and through loving people
  • I see God’s powerful kingdom
  • I join God’s movement through the loving service and worship of the church

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What VMC young adults long for in the church

  • Greater openness, vulnerability, transparency
  • More opportunities to participate in integral ways
  • Supportive fellowship
  • All are welcomed, even with questions and brokenness
  • Safe place of healing
  • Mentors
  • Diverse connections in Mennonite Church USA and beyond
  • See God’s Spirit moving outside of Sunday morning
  • Mission reaching the community

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Recommended Resources

  • Kinnaman, David. You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church . . . and Rethinking Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011.
  • Parks, Sharon Daloz. Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in their Search for Meaning, Purpose and Faith. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
  • Shenk, Sarah Wenger. Thank you for Asking: Conversing with Young Adults about the Future Church. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2005.
  • Smith, Christian with Patricia Snell. Souls in Transition: The Religious & Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

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