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'Do's' and 'Dont's' for Attracting Young Adults to Worship Released

Faith Communities Today has added the final paper, Best Practices, to its Collection of Case Studies on Engaging Young Adults. Best Practices summarizing a series of "do's" and "dont's" for congregations that wish to attract and engage young adults.

Congregations should do the following:

(1) Start a new congregation or young-adult-only worship group within an existing congregation, or move an existing congregation to a new location.

(2) Involve young adults in leadership.

(3) Offer a high-quality worship experience that is contemporary in style or refashion traditional worship in new ways.

(4) Be intentional about reaching out to young adults.

(5) Allow people to bring coffee to worship.

(6) Provide food.

(7) Sponsor activities that mix socializing with theological reflection.

(8) Form friendships with young adults or other young adults.

(9) Apply theological principles to everyday-life issues that young adults face.

(10) Prioritize metropolitan areas and communities near university campuses.

(11) Figure out how to deal with the different types of young adults; still in school/starting careers, single/couples, with/without children. They cannot just be lumped together without some facilitating rationale.

(12) Figure out how to deal with young adults who are aging out of the category in their mid- to late-30s.

Congregations should NOT do the following:

(1) Be theologically doctrinaire.

(2) Insist that people wear dresses or suits and ties to worship.

(3) Expect growth in the number of members or total giving.

(4) Expect young adults to sign up for long-term committee work.

This latest paper and the entire set of papers is available online at www.faithcommunitiestoday.org the web site for the Faith Communities Today (FACT) research enterprise.

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