Have you ever planned an event hoping that young women would attend? Or have you ever wondered, “Why don’t young women want to help out around the church?”
If you have asked these questions, think on this:
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9).
I attended a youth adult workshop and was given statistics on millennials. I talked to about 30 young women in seven districts for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), and the conversation was a bit different. I made it personal. When you build relationships, people feel you care about them, and they become invested in a whole new way. We sometimes think that we have all the right answers and our way is the best way. Have you recently said, “We have always done it that way?” Then think on this:
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).
Yes, you can change or at least learn that there are other ways of achieving favorable results. Perhaps the secret to reaching anyone is to be open to new ideas and ways of doing things. This is not to say that we should try change those things that are meant to be unchanging; our Lord has promised us that He is steadfast and eternal. However, when it comes to our events, we should be open and flexible. Perhaps, in addition to asking why young women don’t want to help out around church, have you asked yourself, “Are we meeting their needs or giving them opportunities that work for their lifestyle?”
The webinar presentation “Reaching Young Women: LWML” will help you in your outreach to the young women in your parish and community.
The answer is, “The time is NOW.” Tune in to the webinar for the question.
Kaye Dumas Wolff, vice-president of Special Focus Ministries with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML).
Contributed through the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission monthly newsletter.
Upcoming RSTM Events…
Don’t forget that Rural & Small Town Mission provides free monthly webinars on topics important to congregations in town and country settings. Up next is Reaching Young Women: LWML on Feb. 21. It will be followed by Raising Young Leaders and Lutheran Youth Corps on March 7. Find past webinars in our archive and watch for information on all our upcoming events!
Register for one our Engaging Your Community (EYC) or Engaging the Wandering (ETW) events at lcms.org/rstm. These partner events offer practical resources and communication skills for reaching out to our wandering members and our communities with Christ’s love. Online registration is available for both types of events. Contact your district or our office if you are interested in holding an event near you. Look for upcoming announcements about the 2019 National RSTM Conference! To see our calendar, visit lcms.org/rstm. Contact our office at 888-463-5127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.