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The Millennium Project
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Pilot Case Studies of NAD Churches
Who Are Attracting and Keeping Young Adults (18-30)
 
We need pastors and churches to be involved in a crucial research project that is being funded by grants from the General Conference, the North American Division and Andrews University. This research involves pilot case studies of NAD churches that are attracting, rechurching, and keeping young adults (18-30). The challenge that the Adventist church is facing today is that 50-70% of its young adults (18-30) are leaving the church. We are hoping that by studying churches that are attracting, rechurching, and keeping young adults and bringing them back to church, we will develop universal principles that any church can adopt to bring young adults back to their church. Our aim is to identify the culture and factors that are making these churches appeal to the younger generation. We will utilize a mixed methods approach (surveys, cases studies, observation, focus groups, guided interviews) with a strong emphasis on case study research.
 
In Phase One we need to identify churches that are ministering effectively to young adults. This research will define young adults as those between 18-30. The criteria for churches that are ministering effectively to young adults is two-fold: (a) Young adults comprise a minimum 15-20% of active church attenders (b) over the last five years through baptism, transfer, rechurching of dropouts and/or churching of seekers the Young adult population in the church has grown by 3% in attendance
 
We would love to hear from pastors who believe that their church matches the research criteria: kiddersj@andrews.edu | Kenley@andrews.edu