Reaching Children, Adolescents & Emerging Adults
Children presently being born are breathing their first breathe of air in a world that stimulates their senses through technology unlike any generation of children previously born. This being the case, there is another stark reality that has emerged. In the most technologically advanced age, with the greatest healthcare and availability to knowledge, children are today faced with great challenges. Relationally, many families are wounded, broken, and blended. They range in home environments from helicopter parents to parentless lives. We as an organization have opportunities corporately and locally to bring compassion into the life world of a child, help them receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior, and achieve their greatest dreams. Our children’s activities and ministries are designed with this goal in mind.
Youth ministry has traditionally and historically focused on the teenage years in the life development of people. Today it is essential that ministry to emerging generations focus on children, adolescents, and emerging adults. Adolescent ministry focuses on youth in their teenage years. Experiences include events and seek to lead to, embrace and enhance discipleship among teenage youth. The experiences that happen in Arizona include Youth Camp, Winterfest, and Teen Talent.
Emerging Adults Ministry
Presently there are Six Generations of people alive in this nation. The youngest of the Millennial Generation is entering puberty and the Homeland Generation is still being born. The journey of human development has lengthened in such a manner that what Builders, Boomer’s and even Generation Xr’s understood as standard and norm have shifted. Emerging Adults are seen by many (according to authors David P Setran and Chris A. Kiesling) as “spiritual but not religious”. They are unsettled wanderers enjoying their season of youth before they become “real adults”. Psychologist Jeffrey Arnett describes Emerging Adulthood as the, “Age of instability”. “Emerging Adults are, on most sociological measures, the least religious adults in the United States today.” This challenge of reaching the Emerging Adulthood population is one of the greatest opportunities for the church to embrace in the 21st century.