Some churches struggle with “filling the gap,” the void that is created by the missing 18-35 year olds.
How does this work? How do we fill that gap?
A lot of things work. A lot of things don’t work.
I am tentative to separate the young adult population out into completely separate programs. In fact, I am tentative to further stratify any group much more than we already have. To stratify the generations is to remove much of the beauty of the church: genuine family and community. Instead of stratifying, I want to work in a generational reconciliation–even and especially in my youth ministry. I recognize that that value inside of my calling does not translate to everyone. I need to do more thinking on this issue.
Is there value in further separating people? Doesn’t social networking software and programming speak to our need to connect?