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Baptists Together and Young Adults

InternshipsHow are we working strategically to release young adults into missional ministry within the Baptist family?

Hearing the voice of young adults is something that would be almost universally deemed desirable, if not essential, amongst our family of churches. 

Indeed, the challenge of reaching young adults aged 18-35 was identified as one of six priorities by our Baptist Union Council in November 2018.

There are some inspirational examples of this happening within Baptists Together on a local level, but all too often the voices that are heard on a national level have rarely included those of younger generations, until recently.

In response to this concern, the theme of our Summer 2020 Baptists Together magazine was Reaching and Raising Young Adults.  This magazine has a great selection of inspiring articles from and about this 'missing generation'.

Articles from the magazine, and other stories from young adults in our churches are listed below:

'It’s created a lot more understanding'   
Hope Baptist Church has intentionally sought to bring people of all ages together. It’s not easy, but the church is reaping the benefits More ...
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'Not a mass movement, but one at a time'  
Mitcham Baptist Church in London is medium sized Baptist church with a balanced age profile across its fellowship – including a healthy number of young adults More ...
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'There’s an excitement about what millennials can offer the church' 
Interview with Hayley Young, the Regional Minister/Mission Enabler at the South Wales Baptist Association More ...
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'They are attracted to life, Word and Spirit' 
theBarn is a newish Baptist church in the rural village of Bidford. Around 45 young adults are engaged here, part of a balanced overall age range across the congregation More ...
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'We need their energy, vision, passion and wisdom'  
Baptist Union President Yinka Oyekan explains why a focus on young adults is a key element of his Presidential year More ...
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'We need to be developing their gifts'   
Interviews with four students at Bristol Baptist College More ...
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'We need to really try to understand each other'   
Reflections on racial justice and young people, with Amie Buhari, founder and chief executive of the Hebe Foundation More ...
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'We want to release the potential of young adults into the church and wider Baptist life'  
In September 2019, The London Baptist Association launched the LBA Leadership Year, a new internship programme aimed at 18-25 years olds. What is it, and how’s it going? More ...
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‘Padre, have you got a minute?’ 
Baptist chaplain Jonathan Stewart, the youngest serving chaplain in the RAF, on ministering beyond the walls of the church More ...
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How are we working strategically to release young adults into missional ministry within the Baptist family? Carl Smethurst, author of last year’s Baptists Together Young Adults report, shares progress so far More ...
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Bridging the generation gap   
Experiences and expectations differ markedly across the generations in our churches. Baptist minister Trevor Neill highlights some of these differences. More ...
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Creating a culture for young adults to thrive
Our emerging generations have many new dreams to birth, and an ability to think outside the box and take risks. The vital question for the Church of today is, how much are we taking a risk on them? By Nick and Marjorie Allan More ...
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God’s heart for the generations  
Our Joint Public Issues Team has been exploring the challenge of intergenerational injustice, writes Rosella Payne More ...
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Internships for young adults across Baptists Together
A new focus on promoting and facilitating internships for young adults in Baptist life is gathering pace More ...
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The authentic welcome was attractive
How students have grown in faith at Penrallt Baptist Church – despite it being in pastoral vacancy. More ...
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The millennial way
For those in their 20s and 30s, culture beats programmes every time, writes Simon Barrington. Here’s what churches need to know, and how they can respond More ...
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The Missing Generation that’s right in front of us  
Baptist minister and millennial Adrian Semerene offers this reflection on what his generation values, and the possibility of connection More ...
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Why I donated my kidney  
At the forefront of my mind was Jesus’ call to disciples to “deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me”, writes Joe Walsh from South Parade Baptist Church More ...
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Young adults and Baptists Together
A series of recommendations to engage and release young adults in mission and leadership have been made More ...
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Young adults at Holland Road Baptist Church 
Young adults connect with the Hove church for a variety of reasons More ...
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