Kinfolk: Empowering Young Adult Leadership Through Familial and Vocational Structures in a Historical and Traditional United Methodist Church Open Access

Tschanz, Jonathan (Spring 2019)

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As church attendance and membership continues to decline, especially with younger generations, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park decided to respond to a specific problem in their context: a lack of young adult leaders. This project describes how they created two structures as a church community to accomplish their goal to help empower young adults to become next generation leaders for the future of the church. The new community, called Kinfolk, became an environment where young adults were engaged in a familial structure of community that included a rhythm of eat, worship, serve and play, and a vocational training structure, where young adults were empowered to understand their own call and create their own ministry. Through these two structures, an environment was created where new leaders emerged successfully, new ministries were created and a historical, traditional UMC church found hope in its future. 

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