Twenty young adults from the Denver Metro area came together for a Mission Possible Young Adults Wilderness Retreat in Canon City in May to look at various ways young people become disconnected in their spiritual journey. During the “You Lost Me” workshop based on the book by David Kinnaman, the group identified three distinct categories of missing young adults: prodigals, nomads and exiles. Church leaders and parents cannot effectively help the next generation in their spiritual development without understanding these three primary groups. The conclusion from the research is that most young people with a Christian background are dropping out of conventional church involvement, not losing their faith.
Led by Pastor Donald Rolle, youth director of the Central States Conference and Tabernacle of Praise Church, along with Pastor K. Paul Douglas of Grand Avenue Church and New Life Fellowship Church, the group developed a plan of action for young adults to focus on participatory worship, fellowship and service.
Through Building, Engaging, Energizing, discovering Passion, sharing Ideas and being Creative (BEEPIC), retreat attendees made the commitment to be a generation who will yield to God, as described in John 14:12: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (NKJV). One of the main messages from the retreat was that God isn’t holding out on us. He wants us to do mighty things in the earth.
“The Mission Possible Young Adult Retreat was amazing, to say the least. Some powerful things are in store for the Denver area!” said Pastor Rolle.
If you are interested in joining the movement, visit Young Adults Ministry of Colorado on Facebook: facebook.com/YAMsDenver.
Author Brittany Winkfield is an event planner by day and the founder and publisher of Back2Basics, a Christian magazine.