Using Environmental Care to Minister to Young Adults
Caring for Creation with Young Adults ResourcesAs a person who takes ministry with youth and young adults seriously, I believe that it is important to take into account the diversity of forms that such ministry takes. One of the forms of ministry with young people that has become to me has been caring for creation. I think that as part of our goal of creating committed disciples of Christ, we need to instill in young people the value of caring for the world that God has so graciously given us. I was fortunate to talk about this subject a few days ago at the Caring for Creation conference at Lake Junaluska. In order to prepare my for my presentation, I went through a number of studies on Young Adult ministry, environmental theology, and would like to share them with you for your own study. You can see the list below. Also, if you attended the conference or are interested in the ways that young people can be involved in environmental protections, go ahead and leave a comment or ask a question. Doing so can we can learn from each other on this important aspect of ministry with young people.
OutlineClick here for the outline of my presentation at Caring for Creation. You can find a rough sketch of the concepts and ideas I used in the presentation, as well as discussion questions.
Recent StudiesIn my presentation I mentioned several studies that dealt with issues of the environment and the church as well as studies on young adult opinions on the Church.
- A graph showing opinions on climate change based on religious affiliation.
- The Barna research group recently conducted a study about how young adults feel about the church and why they do not take part any more. You can find several stories about the results below. You can find commentaries on these studies here and here.