As I find myself nearly two years removed from high school, there has been something I have took notice of in the church. There is a lack in a certain area of ministry within the church. This area is that of young adults. While numerous ministries are devoted to adult men and women as well as elementary, middle school, and high school students, not many ministries are focused on young adults. This has led to a lack altogether in young adults having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If this is not enough to convince you, just take a look at a study done by USA Today on young adults ranging from 18-29 years old:
- 65% rarely or never pray with others (38% almost never pray by themselves)
- 65% rarely or never attend worship services.
- 67% don’t read the Bible.
- 50% say Jesus is the only path to Heaven, 50% say He is not the only way.
What is even more disheartening is what the survey revealed of those who “confess Jesus as their Lord and believe they are going to Heaven”:
- 68% did not mention faith when asked what was “really important in life”
- 50% do not attend church at least weekly
- 36% rarely or never read the Bible
- Mere 40% say their responsibility is to share the Gospel
These statistics should not only alarm us but should challenge the church to do something about it. I am grateful to be part of a church that sees this need and is in the process of starting and growing a young adults group. I am also thankful to God and to the leaders for the opportunity to help lead this group. I believe that there is still hope for this generation. However, if we plan to reach the world for Christ and to make disciples, we, as young adults, need to RISE UP in this generation and be committed to Christ! We need to proclaim real truth. We need to study the real Word. We need to be real. Will you join me?