We’re now two classes into our summer session on Growing Young. So far the conversation has been really encouraging. Encouraging because we’re even having the conversation about how we reach out to people in a new or different culture than what our church has been a part of in the past.
It’s great to have the different generations interacting, getting to know one another and share their stories, opinions and passion for seeing the Kingdom of Heaven grow. We need to continue to foster these relationships in order that we might better understand and empathize with one another.
In this last lesson we looked at 10 things congregations don’t need in order to grow young. This list is not about right or wrong necessarily. It is to highlight that there isn’t just a simple, one-size-fits-all solution to growing young. Growing young isn’t about a program (although programs may play a role). It’s not necessarily about a building or location (although thought needs to be given to physical space). As we continue our study we’ll see how our attitudes and approaches to young people are what really makes the difference. This isn’t about a simple solution. It will require time and attention to our cultural surroundings, to the needs of our neighbors and to the context in which Spring Creek finds itself in today.