The following is a excerpt from the discussion of a work group at the Leadership Roundtable's Annual Meeting regarding engaging young adults. What suggestions, ideas, or responses to this discussion would you add? How have you engaged young adults in a replicable and scaleable way?
"Emerging Adults” = identity exploration, instability, self-focused, in-between, possibilities (18-24)
- Mentorship is important
- Religion does matter and makes a difference (Smith, Christopher: “Souls in Transition”)
- 68% retention rate (13% are reverts)
- Most reverts are 25-34 (89% were confirmed)
Concrete Practical Suggestions:
- Change the culture of engagement
- Create additional forums or communities like ESTEEM
- Our partnerships are also our other parishes in our dioceses
- Create partnerships with the demographics you are talking about (not created by 50 year olds; top-down)
- Every time we try to create something nationally, we shoot ourselves in the foot (stay locally)
- Adapt our community without changing it (still have sacraments, etc.)
- We can't invite Catholics back into the same community; how are we transitioning the ones that are already engaged?