I’m doing my first evangelistic series this spring, March 28-April 11. I’d like your ideas. What would you suggest for a theme? Topics? What might a night look like?
We’re a 400 member church in the suburbs of Houston. Our membership (and that of our neighborhood) is multi-ethnic, including people from dozens of countries.We have active young adults who I’d like to involve.
The latest study from the Center for Creative Ministry shows that the median age of Adventists in North America is 51 (not 62 or 58 or other numbers that have been thrown out). This study tells us again that we have a problem with young adults disappearing after high school. It also shows that half our churches are in small towns and rural areas, whereas young adults tend to be drawn to cities. And what’s the most effective form of evangelism? Friendship–30% of Adventists joined the church because of friends and family, as opposed to 10% who were brought in through public evangelism.
So this isn’t going to be one of those evangelistic series that relies on mass marketing and leaves out the name, “Seventh-day Adventist.” I want to explore issues of life and spirituality of interest to young adults. I want to do it in a way that will encourage young adults to bring their friends.
The floor is open. Let me know what you think.