A few months ago some things I had begun working on collided with some preliminary experimentation a church locally had also begun doing. It's marinated into that precise question.
Research in both the church and the marketplace show that those between 18-35 desire and seek adult mentorship as a major factor in whether they will remain engaged or not, and are more than ever wanting to connect their work and calling with their faith.
An earlier post, in fact, looked at this last part as a real opportunity for the church, in terms of professional mentorship – not just spiritual but vocational guidance and support.
If we put the two together, I think we’d have something really cool – a #FaithandWork Profile.
What are the dominant careers and vocations and social sectors represented at your church? Does your church seem to connect and engage certain ones?
What if each members’ career and vocation were known and celebrated as a vital piece of their faith, and what if there was a place, a profile, where members could find who else is working in their same field or area of interest?
And what if the rooting and engaging of the community of faith was enriched not just by spiritual compatibility, but a connectedness of passion and vocation?
Getting back to the Next Generations, what if there was a way that church leadership could be an intentional facilitator of pairing a Younger with an Elder (not the church position) who has done what they want to do? Can we imagine not just the short-term growth, but the long-term rootedness from relationships and advice that is both spiritual and personal/professional?
The social justice advocate with the lawyer, the young entrepreneur with the experienced businessman, the young artist with the artisan, the young person interested in education with the educator, the policy geek with the government worker or lawmaker, the family advocate with the experienced mom or dad who has committed to family life first? And so on.
At first glance, the numbers point to this as being something work considering!
Are you doing something like this, or advocating for it? I’ve been thinking about fleshing this out at some point into a short guide or short course on how to do it. Would you be interested? Comment, shoot me an email, and share to add to the conversation!
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