The Growing Young Together (GYT) team had a busy and productive trip to Fuller Youth Institute where we refined our mission statement to “revitalize our church by embracing young people,” and mapped out a concrete plan for next steps.
We brainstormed a list of all of the GYT initiatives that have been implemented to date at UCC Medfield. The list surprised some of us on the team, so we know there were probably many in the congregation that will be surprised by the list as well. Included in the list are steps that were started by the GYT team. But, we want to highlight that many of the actions taken were initiated by others in the church within their existing ministries. Some examples are:
We also reaffirmed the need to continue to focus on our weakest area of the survey and began to map out a practical strategy to begin the process of building empathy across generations. We are going to stop trying to understand millennials (and Gen X, Y, Z, etc.) Instead, we’ll be hosting a series of gatherings targeting teens, young adults in their 20s, and 30-40 somethings, in an effort to get to know real people as opposed to broad demographics and to ask about their hopes and dreams for our church. In addition, we will be hosting a series of book discussions on “Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century” by Gordon MacDonald for those who might be feeling left behind. Details will be coming soon.
As Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” We encourage you to look for ways to engage people from all ages in your ministries, events, and in your daily interactions.