Youth and Young Adults

A friend of mine recently posted these questions on his blog.
  1. Is it smart to have 7th-twenty-somethings in one ministry together? Why or why not?
  2. What are the advantages of combining into one service for these age groups?
  3. How do you speak to these various life-stages in one service?
  4. Is there enough fun happening at these services?
  5. Is there enough fellowship happening at these services?
While I’m not exploring the idea of a entire worship service geared to this age group, I am curious about the thought of combining these age groups in bible classes and activities. I’ve been strongly opposed to the idea for some time now. It’s a huge age gap and 7th graders are in a completely different stage of life than post-college 20-somethings, but could it work?

In my church we’re faced with this decision because of numbers. Our teen group has significantly shrunk in recent years and because of their small size they are missing out on lively discussions and general interaction with other Christians. While I’ve been opposed to the idea of combining these groups, maybe it’s time for me to change my opinion. Maybe it could work. What do you think?

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