Mission with young adults not as difficult as you think, says new research

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Church Army has released the findings of a research project on mission with young adults in England to discover what’s working – and what isn’t – in the church when reaching out to 18- to 30-year-olds.

“The findings are really encouraging in that they suggest that mission with young adults whilst challenging is not as difficult as one might think,” says Church Army’s Director of Research, Dr Tim Ling.

The research was commissioned by the Church of England’s Strategy and Development Unit on behalf of the Archbishops’ Council to counteract the dwindling number of church attendance among the younger age group. Church of England attendance data suggests that just 0.5% of 18- to 24-year-olds currently attend an Anglican church.

The nine-month long research project was centred on 12 case studies of different approaches to mission and evangelism among young adults. The people involved were from a variety of geographical contexts, social backgrounds and church traditions. At least 60 people had become Christians through the churches studied, with a further 48 reporting the case study church had helped them rediscover a lost faith.

One common theme was the importance of creating spaces where young adults can belong and feel part of a community before they believe. The research also highlighted the need to be deliberate about creating further spaces for exploring faith together.

“The research shows what is possible with young adults and captures some great stories of what pioneers are doing across the country. I really hope it will give local churches the inspiration and confidence to ‘have a go’ and apply some of these ideas within their own context,” says the Church of England’s Director of Evangelism and Discipleship, Dave Male.

“Young adults can come to faith in today’s society, that’s the resounding good news in this research,” says the Church of England’s National Mission and Evangelism Adviser, Rachel Jordan-Wolf. “It shows that it isn’t complicated either but takes vision, passion and commitment. We, the wider the church, need to release, resource and back many more young adults to reach their peers, through relational Christian community as they create and plant new churches.”

The 12 case studies and video interviews with the young adults, as well as a summary video and report, are now available on www.churcharmy.org/youngadultsresearch

 

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