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
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
- Diverse connections in Mennonite Church USA and beyond
- See God’s Spirit moving outside of Sunday morning
- Mission reaching the community
- 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.