Get Specific

Be sure to make time to get to know the community you are serving. Amy McEntee suggests focusing on the specific needs of the young adults in your community:

While it would be ideal to minister to all the young adults in your area, the reality is that it’s really challenging to meet the needs of everyone between the ages of 18 and 39. Figuring out exactly who your young adults are will help you to focus in on particular needs to get started. You can always expand the ministry.

Be sure to be mindful of subsets of the young adult population, such as young adults within particular ethnicities or cultures or those who don’t seem to fit these categories. Don’t forget parents of school or parish religious education children and young adults coming for Sacramental preparation, such as marriage or infant baptism.

Find more tips for getting to know young adults in the Essentials section of Young Adult Ministry in a Box.