The new participants were blessed during a Sending Service on Aug. 27 at the LCMS International Center chapel in St. Louis.
In the first two years of Lutheran Young Adult Corps, 29 young people have served almost 35,000 hours. God is using these young people in powerful ways to expand the capacity of urban partners.
The study utilized surveys and focus groups to collect data for use in helping LCMS congregations minister to young adults.
LCMS Youth Ministry is planning further research this spring and summer, based on the success of the new poll among young adults.
For the first time, we asked Young Adult Volunteers at the 2016 LCMS Youth Gathering to take a short poll based on the LYF Youth Poll that has been conducted at most previous Gatherings. These results help us to see how young adults in LCMS congregations are supported in their faith lives. This data has prompted further research to come.
As we approach Reformation Day, are our churches a place where we can wrestle with questions of faith? In a time with instant access to information, the church’s response to questions can help faith to grow or it can lead to isolation and uncertainty.
On Oct. 10, 2016, the application period for Lutheran Young Adult Corps will open for the first time. Young adults aged 18-26 from across the country may apply to serve in under-resourced communities for 10 weeks in the summer or 10 months through the school year.
The opportunities for servant events specifically designed for young adults age 18-30 are growing. Recently a group of young adults in St. Louis gathered to serve in their own backyard and helped congregations and RSOs prepare for sharing the Gospel.
Over 900 young adults apply to volunteer at the LCMS Youth Gathering this summer. Time and time again the young adults of the LCMS have shown a willingness and excitement to serve others in Christ alone. New opportunities are coming soon for young adults to not just volunteer but become neighbors and friends in communities of need in Jesus’ name.