Brainstorm Worksheet for Engaging 20-Somethings
What is the best way to engage the 20-somethings in your realm of influence? Sarah Martin provides you with poignant questions to ask to help you brainstorm ways your ministry team can begin to reach out and engage the 20-somethings in your church.
How can we jump on board with His movement and work alongside God to mentor and encourage young women and their passion for Jesus?
When we have determined that we desire to follow Jesus and HIS plans, it is as if we are stepping onto a subway. We have to physically go to that subway station, hop on a train and join in on its predetermined journey. The opposite of the subway is when we plan out a place we desire to visit, call a taxi, the taxi comes to US and we tell the taxi to drive.
I have found myself daily walking through these two scenarios every time I feel a nudge of a new brainstorm or a new plan brewing. I used to come up with these fanciful plans of wonderful, noble things I would do for God and then call up my taxi to take me there. Yes, those plans would pan out some or most of the time.
I have to wonder, would my grand plans be more impactful had I just made my way to the subway and joined in on what God was already doing? Would things have gone more smoothly if I had prayed for the Lord to show me ways He was moving around me? What would happen if I prayed for the doors of that subway to open so I could join in with my God-given talents?
Jesus lives by example when He tells us that He, too, doesn't work on His own, but moves where He sees God moving. John 5:17
As you look for where God is already working, take some time to brainstorm with your team using the questions below. See Sarah's video for other suggestions - How to Spark the Interest of 20-Somethings.
Creating Opportunities for Conversation
- What are some ways that we can better facilitate conversation within Bible studies and events already in the works?
- What are some new topics to cover in Bible studies that would touch the heart of 20-Somethings? Example: Career, money and finances, dating, marriage preparation.
- How can we incorporate mentoring into our ministry to encourage and support
20-Somethings while creating conversations between women?
Creating Opportunities for Input
- Are there young women in our church who are showing interest in taking part of the ministry?
- What are some questions that we could ask of our young women to get to the heart of what they want out of women's ministry?
- Are we truly willing to take their input and implement it in an effort to better spark the interest of 20-somethings in our church?
Creating Opportunities for Making a Difference
- Do we, as a women's ministry, do a good job at creating opportunities for the women to serve together and make a difference in our community while glorifying Jesus?
- How can we encourage our young adults to prayerfully seek God's will, before we jump into efforts to make a difference?
- Taking into account the schedule limitations of 20-Somethings and the need for childcare, what are some ways that we can work together to make a difference in our community? Example: Single mom's night out - provide free childcare and a nice dinner to pamper single moms, spa time at the local nursing home, baking cookies for soldiers.
*Excerpt from Stress Point by Sarah Martin
Question: How are you creating opportunities for conversation, input,
and opportunities with 20-somethings?
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Sarah Martin is a speaker and an author out of North Carolina. She currently serves as a team writer for She Seeks - A Division of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the author of Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties In A Decade Of Drama (Thomas Nelson June 2012). Check out her blog: www.liveitoutblog.com
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