Why Stay in Church

January 29th, 2014

Church Building PictureCurrently, the young adult class is studying why you should stay engaged in the life of the church.  There are many reasons why people DON’T stay, but the Barna Research Group decided to do a study on why young people, specifically Millennial’s, DO stay in Church.  There are 5 basic reasons which I will outline below, not in the order of the research, but all 5 are listed:

1.  Connection with Jesus:  This is what the church is supposed to do – facilitate a connection with the Lord Jesus Christ.  When a church helps young adults do this, it will help them stay engaged and involved and serving others in the name of Jesus.

2. Meaningful Relationships: This initially seems obvious, but what the Barna research found is these are really relationships between older members and the young adults.  It is more like a mentor who can also be seen as a real friend.  Thus, if churches fostered more of this type of relationship building, young adults would tend to stay around after they turned 18 and graduated from high school.

3. Cultural Discernment:  This is also easy to misinterpret, especially for older folks reading this blog.  You see, it’s not how to avoid and attack the culture, fighting the evils of abortion and gay marriage.  In stead, this is how to be relevant and effective as a Christian in the culture.  That is, what is the purpose of my life in the church – is it relevant?  Does my life make a real difference in the real world?  It almost imply’s social activism.

4. Reverse Mentoring:  A church needs to make reverse mentoring a priority.  This is exactly what it sounds like – the young people mentoring the older folks.  The obvious area is with technology including instagram, Kik, text messaging, the internet, and smart phones in general.  However, this also means that the church must help Millennial’s discover their sense of mission and how they can lead – real leadership – in that mission.

5.  Vocational Discipleship:  Churches need to help the millennial generation see how their profession fits into the faith.  College majors and the careers that follow should not be separate from the faith – God must be the god of our whole life and the church must stop making an artificial separation between the secular and the sacred -it’s all sacred.

The study is entitled, “5 Reasons Millennials Stay Connected to Church“.  Just click that title and see the summary of the study from the Barna web site.

–Fuller

Summer Time!

May 18th, 2011

Finals is just about over for everyone in college and the summer has begun!  For some, this is a time to forget about school, classes, exams, projects, and simply relax.  For others, this is a time to work in order to save up for the fall.  Regardless of what you do this summer, definitely strive to stoke  your faith – feed and care for your faith.  Make sure you meet with other Christians.  Have fun with others in the church or with people of faith you know.

For some of us, we will go on a short term mission trips – but you don’t have to go away to be on a mission from God!  Help with Vacation Bible School, study the Bible with a non-Christian or someone who simply doesn’t know much about the Bible.  If you don’t know much yourself, ask someone to study with you or take a summer course at a local Bible college. In the DC Metro area, there are several – I would recommend Washington Bible College – at least as a place that takes the Bible seriously and actually believes it to be true!

Other ideas for stoking your faith would be to start a Bible Study in your home or if you are taking a summer class on campus, you can start a summer bible study on campus.  If it’s in the area and you need help, please give me a call (301-343-7385).

You can also serve people in the church – older couples may need help with their home or cutting grass or doing repairs.  You can help with child-care for families with school aged children – these children will  be  home for summer vacation, too and if both parents work, you could be a great help.  If there are any single parents you know, offer to take the kids to a Baysox game or to Six Flags – even if you hate the place (I love Six Flags myself).  If you need cash, ask an older couple in the church for assistance.  The Church is a community and a family as well as the body of Christ.  If you offer these services to friends and families that don’t attend church or who may not even believe in God, it will go a long way in encouraging them to at least consider their own faith.

Summer is a great time.  Use it for God while you have fun and enjoy your break from college.

–Fuller

Winter Break

December 21st, 2010

It’s Winter Break for most semester based colleges and universities.  This is a time to recoup from finals, spend time with family, and prepare for the next semester.  For those that were not in school, I pray that you get a little time off from work to enjoy the Christmas season.

Most importantly, I want to encourage you to grow in your faith.  Read a good book that encourage your faith.  You can read something on apologetics such as Lee Stobel’s, The Case for a Creator -or- Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek’s book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist.  I have both books in my library, so if you would like to borrow one, let me know.

So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and let’s enjoy the time off.

Welcome!

September 2nd, 2010

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Welcome to Four Points, the Young Adult and College Ministry of the Bowie Church of Christ.

Address:  2518 Kenhill Drive, Bowie Maryland 20715

Send Email to Fuller Ming or call him at 301-343-7385 for more information.