Oasis is a collection of young adults in the Chicagoland area, creating “a refuge, a pleasant change from the frantic pace of life where young adults can grow in their relationship with GOD and each other.” At IGNITION, a team from Oasis presented as part of a series of “best practice” case studies offered.
The intention of the best practice seminars was to offer useful models of what forms of young adult ministry are actually working and successful in the local church context. For decades the focus has often been on the statistics of young adults leaving the church, so IGNITION wanted to change the focus to actual solutions and tools to change the trends.
There were various best practices shared.
Deeper is a “church within a church” where young adults are passionately seeking an encounter with GOD. Their sole agenda is “lifting Him up and allowing his Word to change us into the individuals He’s destined us to become.”
GODencounters is a movement of young adult wholeheartly seeking a 24/7 experience of the living GOD, recklessly living for His renown. Their gatherings bring together thousands of young adults, fostering the spiritual disciplines as a way of life.
London Live is an authentic community of young adults seeking GOD’s purposes in their lives and challenging their faith to make a real difference in Central London.
Younger Generation Church is a contemporary worship service designed to provide worship and fellowship for young adults, that encourages communion with Christ and each other.
These were just a sampling of the array of success stories happening across the division and around the world. IGNITION was designed to share these models in hopes they would inspire and ignite duplication, hybrids, and ministry innovations in more local communities.
A huge thank you to the presenters who came at their own expense to share their experiences and what they are learning along the way.
I must share that the Oasis team (pictured above) was, at first, hesitant to present because they don’t see themselves as a model, in that they don’t have everything figured out. However for IGNITION, that is exactly what a best practice is, venturing out on a discipling journey for young adults and living real life together. No experts necessary, just willing souls.
Mad props to all our best practice presenters. And mad props to all of you out there who are deepening the discipleship of young adults in the local context. Your journey is part of the solution.
Would love to hear about what you all are doing! Tell us about who you all are becoming. Feel free to share your story in our comments…