(Look, we all do it. Just calm down. Besides it got you reading this, didn’t it?)
We’ve all felt it.
We can tell when we walk into a church and they get what it means to make it feel warm. It’s not a temperature thing; it’s even more than a vibe. It’s a knowing without anyone saying in the first instance that it feels like home, and then when people do speak with you they stuff they say makes you feel valuable and often speaks right into the depth of who you are.
That’s God at work in that community, and in you.
It’s so very important for all of us, especially young adults, to know that we can find these places because it’s what keeps drawing us back and helps us stick. The warmth that says YOU are important, and YOU matter.
The reality is that churches that understand what it means to fuel a warm community – ones that develops healthy peer and intergenerational relationships – are well on their way to finding that young people become more deeply connected with their community and find a home within them.
These communities are places where young people are challenged about their lives and their faith. They know that the otherwise taboo subjects can be discussed, and that the conversation around them isn’t judgemental or diminishes them for asking. They know that they can be honest about their struggles and nobody will give them easy, dismissive answers.
The PULSE team would love to speak with you and your congregation about engaging in a Growing Young consultation that starts with a relaxed conversation about where you are at and what your churches hopes and dreams are for the young people in your local area.
Get in touch with us today and ask your questions. We’d love to help your congregation become a warmer community.
Molk is the Senior Field Officer (North), and Young Adult ministry leader as a part of the PULSE team.