April 18, 2012

What is the Church Doing?

What Is the Church Doing?
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Faith can be elaborated, explained, and systematized in books, but it shouts, it dances, it lives and takes flesh in people.”*
Our church has so many ministries that make faith shout, dance, live, and take flesh. These ministries work and grow throughout North America.
For example, the Center for Youth Evangelism (CYE) has documented a list of “refuge churches”—those that are young adult-friendly. The Church of Refuge ministry, supported by CYE, works with churches to help them cultivate ministry that is open and inviting to young people.
Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) is working worldwide by holding conferences and training camps, and by providing ministry resources, in order to bring young people closer to Christ. Justin Kim, quoted in the Adventist Review (Dec. 24, 2009, p. 22), said they are working to give “young adults encouragement to be bold in what they believe. . . . GYC?has affected . . . a lot of young people who may have previously been distracted by structures and arguments but who are now stepping out to serve the Lord in powerfully effective ministries.”
The North American Division Youth Ministries Department is also continually reaching youth and young adults. A new program they’ve developed called Mission Lifeguard is a specific resource to reach young people. The model shows Jesus as the lifesaver, with someone in the church on one side and someone out of the church on the other side.  And sometimes, associate director Manny Cruz expressed, reaching out to someone else is the venue God can best use to go deeper with someone who already attends church. 
* Michael Warren, Youth and the Future of the Church (Minneapolis: Seabury, 1990), p. 20.