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 and upcoming workshop. There are also a number of excellent resources at the Congregational Resource Guide (CRG). Search young adults.

Engaging Young Adults learning community - applications open May 1
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 open 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
Information sessions about this opportunity are being held around the state May 4-17. An informational on-demand video, together with the program application, will be available on May 1.

Information sessions are:

        11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, May 4, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart
        11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern time) is Friday, May 5, 2017 at The Sol Center in Indianapolis
        11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern time) Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at  Ogilville Christian Church in Columbus
        11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Central time) Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Methodist Temple in Evansville

The sessions are free, but registration is required. Registration is limited to two people per congregation. Sessions include lunch and materials.

By attending an information session or viewing the on-demand video, you will gather details about the EYA learning communities and the application process.

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

If your congregation is outside Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties, you can register for an information session near you.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE INFORMATION SESSION IN ELKHART.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE INFORMATION SESSION IN INDIANAPOLIS.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE INFORMATION SESSION IN COLUMBUS.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE INFORMATION SESSION IN EVANSVILLE.