the best music or even the most amazing
preaching. The pastor was real, sharing his
wins and losses, being personal in the lessons he was learning.
This generation has been overmar-keted by million dollar campaigns. They
yearn for real examples of older generations who are still growing.
Hemorrhaging Faith discovered that
many young adults felt like they would be
hypocrites if they attended a local church.
They believed Church was for the perfected
and the pretenders – and they were neither.
Adult stories of the faith journey during
the service are gold. Interviewing adults
who are still learning or trying a new faith
step need to be shared.
Pastors should include the personal in
This generation needs to know that
faith keeps on working over a lifetime.
The Hemorrhaging Faith report was
the first step of the EFC’s Youth and
Young Adult Ministry Roundtable toward
renewal of youth and young adult ministry across our amazing nation.
To see this renewal spread we are actively pursuing six burdens. The
Hemorrhaging Faith report has started to tackle
our burden for the local church, to see the
young people of our nation know Christ
and ensure they are meaningfully engaged
in a healthy faith community.
Our other burdens include affirming
and equipping youth workers, who are on
the front lines of influencing our children
We will be a voice to discern and disseminate the ever-changing culture of the
younger generations so we can engage
them in meaningful ways.
We also have the burden to move our
nation’s young people forward in the gospel and spiritual formation, seeing every
young person in our nation exposed to the
love of Christ in a meaningful understanding of the gospel.
Those who respond are guided to greater
conformity with Christ’s character and deep-
er engagement with His heart for justice. We
will be working toward a greater theological
and biblical thoughtfulness with those who
work with our young people.
We will also be an encouragement to
adult voices, those parents, church and
pubic leaders who intersect with youth
and young adults.
We long for the day when the spiritual
well-being of the next generation is a higher priority than comfort, tradition and fear.
My hope is that as the
Hemorrhaging Faith study fades into the back of our
minds, the young people of our nation will
not. They may be leaving the faith, but with
prayer and change we can stop the flow.
Start conversations in your local churches and let the Holy Spirit transfuse life back
into the Bride of Christ.
Join the conversation of the EFC’s
Youth and Young Adult Ministry Roundt-
able concerning the six burdens at www.
DAVID OVerHOLT of hamilton, Ont.,
is lead pastor at Church on the Rock,
teaches at Tyndale Seminary and
serves on the EFC’s Youth and
Young Adult Ministry Roundtable.
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