Beyond "College Ministry:" Reconsidering Ministry for [and with] Emerging Adults

Steve Argue | Chances are likely that your leadership is concerned about young people leaving your church. Chances are even greater that your church is expecting you to do something about it. Often the ministry default to solve this challenge is to create a “college ministry” to keep young people interested in church and God. While well-intentioned, this approach misses a majority of emerging adults who do not fit the typical “college student” mold and perpetuates a passive form of discipleship.

Emerging adults [ages 18-29] are seeking something more reliable to help their faith keep up with their increasingly complex worlds. Let’s explore the research, consider some of Fuller Youth Institute’s latest findings pertaining to churches and emerging adults, and imagine effective approaches that promote ministry with emerging adults, not at them.