The Office of Faith, Family, and Discipleship seeks to support parishes in the outreach to young adults, i.e. people in their 20s and 30s. Traditional models have not been effective in the past several decades. How can we move the pendulum to where we have established young adult-friendly parishes to promote the gospel for years to come? What happens if we fail to connect with young adults?
We may never get the attention of a whole generation of men and women whose focus is solely on their transitions — further emptying our pews and churches. We can damage the Church’s reputation. If we aren’t seen as helpful or present in the critical times of young adult life, young adults won’t trust us now and even into the future (if and when they do feel settled and secure).
Without young adults, our churches may very well lose their dynamism, vibrancy, and energetic enthusiasm to bring the Gospel to the world. Young adults will continue to struggle and their pace may get even more frantic, and without connecting with them, some may never know the love and hope that Jesus and the Church can offer them.
We won’t be able to fully live up to the mission given to us by Christ to tend to those who need us the most. Young Adults could lose their grounding in faith as they are getting married and becoming parents, creating a domino effect for families.
- Provide live workshops via zoom for parish leaders and teams focused on ministry with Young Adults
- Assist in communicating diocesan goals and initiative
- Promote the USCCB vision for young adults (Sons and Daughters of Light)
- Instruct on the proper and effective use of web-based media platforms