Research tells us that the median age for American Adventists is well into the 50s, and across the North American Division, young adults of all denominations are “putting their faith on the shelf.” Studies indicate nearly one of every two Adventist young adults is leaving the church of their youth. (1)
Robert Wuthnow, professor of Sociology at Princeton University, noting young adult trends contributing to the fading American religious landscape, remarked, “My view is that congregations can survive, but only if religious leaders roll up their sleeves and pay considerably more attention to young adults than they have been.” (2)
IGNITION: Turn Revolting Young Adults into Revolutionaries will be presented by Dr. Matthew Gamble, Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 2:00-3:30 PM, at the Adventist Ministries Convention (AMC), in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
This insightful workshop addresses the latest trends and offers strategies for the local church to reverse the revolt. In light of the research, Dr. Gamble shares practical insights of how to engage and empower young adults in the local church.
Matthew Gamble, DMin, was born and raised Catholic but became an atheist at the age of 14. Having become fascinated by the Rastafarian religion, Matthew found himself, at the age of 19, on the island of Jamaica. He soon began smuggling marijuana into Miami, Florida. It was shortly after this time that God led him to a Christian pastor who, after hearing his story, handed him a Bible. As he began exploring the teachings of Jesus, his life began to be transformed from the inside out.
In 2008, Gamble completed a Doctorate in Ministry with an emphasis in Transformational Leadership, specifically looking at trends of effective communicators of the Gospel in a postmodern culture. He is a Senior Consultant with the Center for Creative Ministry and sits on both the North American Division Young Adult Ministry Advisory as well as the Adventist Christian Fellowship board.
Gamble serves full time with VagaBondservant Int’l, a non-profit ministry that has taken him all over the world. He has preached broadly on six of the seven continents, and had the opportunity to return back to Jamaica to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Discover more about Dr. Gamble’s ministry at http://www.matthewgamble.com/
IGNITION is young adult ministry leadership training embedded in this year’s AMC, and it is open to all leaders and pastors passionate about new generations. Ministry professionals should not miss this opportunity to better understand how to engage and empower young adults in the local context. Register today.
(1) Martin, A. A. (2008, July). Reaching out: Making a difference with young adults. Ministry, 80(7), p. 5.
(2) Ibid., p. 6.