Engaging Young Adults Initiative

Helping you connect with young adults
Engaging young adults is significant in our culture and a priority for congregations. Many Indiana congregations are grappling with how to include and engage this generation. The current generation of young adults is large and far from homogeneous, and congregational settings vary widely across Indiana – urban, rural, small town. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The EYA initiative will help you engage young adults in your own community and context.

Engaging Young Adults education
Educational opportunities to assist congregations in engaging young adults are available to all congregations in Indiana. Click here for a resource guide, including on-demand learning opportunities. There are also a number of excellent resources at the Congregational Resource Guide (CRG). Search young adults.

You can check out the on-demand learning courses here:

Congregations Connecting with Young Adults: An Interview with Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

Indiana Congregations Engaging Young Adults: With Wendy McCormick

There is no charge for these courses, but registration is required.

Engaging Young Adults learning community applications open now
The Center for Congregations is pleased to launch a special Engaging Young Adults (EYA) learning community initiative. Selected congregations will gather in regional groups to support one another in learning from young adults and experimenting with young adult ministries. These congregations will have the opportunity to apply for grant funds to support their efforts. Thirty congregations from beyond metro Indianapolis will be selected by application. Applications opened on May 1, 2017 and are due on August 1, 2017. This initiative is for Indiana congregations outside Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties. A similar opportunity for congregations in metro Indianapolis will be offered at a later date.

Information sessions
An informational on-demand video, together with the program application and other materials, are available now.

By  viewing the on-demand video, you will gather details about the EYA learning communities and the application process. Click here for the on-demand video information sessions, the program application and other needed materials.

For more information, email wmccormick@centerforcongregations.org or contact your regional Center for Congregations office.

As you consider application to the Engaging Young Adults initiative, you’ll want to keep in mind that the Community Ministry Grants initiative will also be available statewide in 2018. Though Indiana congregations may apply to both, a single congregation can only be accepted into one of these major grant initiatives. Resource grants are also available – congregations can be part of a resource grant and a major grant initiative at the same time.

The Community Ministry Grants (CMG) initiative seeks to help Indiana congregations create new ministries where the community’s assets, gifts and needs intersect with those of the congregation. Leaders will be guided in this work by day-long learning events. Each participating congregation has the opportunity to apply for grants to help begin their new community ministries. Information about this grant initiative will be available early in 2018. The program will run from May of 2018 through December of 2020.