Bringing young adults back to church.
Hello fellow members of Oregon ELCA. My name is Sean and I am a member of West Linn Lutheran church. I am a graduate student at Western Oregon, and I got my bachelors in sociology at Portland State. As a student of the social sciences, I could not help but the notice the demographics of mine and many ELCA denominations: almost exclusively white, older, a few famalies and almost nobody in the 18-35 age category. Because of these concerns, I had I beleive that the Holy Spirit led to stand up in front of my congregation at the annual meeting in January to make a stand for my generation. The ELCA needs more people from my generation if it wants to survive. My generation needs to know that we are progressive Christians that stand for tolerance, justice and peace; not judgement and condemnation. But i get overwhelmed when i think: how? How can I open the door to people in this age group? So, since i have been stuck on these questions, I am looking to others (espcially to those of you nearby in the Portland-Salem area) for assistance, advice, expierences, questions, comments, concerns. How can i get this ministry afloat?