With multiple thriving college and young adult ministries to be a part of, often young adults don’t settle into a local church. Even if they do attend church on Sundays, it’s tempting to just show up for the hour or so of corporate worship. But local church involvement is so much more.
List the traits you’re looking for in a church body, visit a few, then choose a place to plug in. Keep in mind, every church has its flaws, but the most important thing is to find a church where you can grow spiritually, serve your community, and connect with other believers.
Serve in the nursery, children’s ministry, youth group, worship band, be a greeter, or clean the bathrooms. Just do something! Not only is your volunteer service needed, but you’ll feel more connected, build relationships, and steward your gifts for the furthering of God’s kingdom.
It’s easy to be surrounded only by your peers during your young adult season of life. But don’t miss out on the bigger picture of God’s family. Invest in those younger than you and seek out older church members for wisdom. One of the easiest ways to invest yourself into the work of the church is to join a Bible study group. Whether it’s a Sunday School class, a mid-week small group that meets outside the church building, or a men’s or women’s group, commitment to a Bible study group will help you invest deeply in God’s Word, peer community, and personal growth.
Hanna Easley Seymour graduated from James Madison University (B.A.) and the University of South Carolina with a master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She now serves as Coordinator for Student Enrichment at Belmont University. Hanna blogs regularly at dearhanna.com.