Years ago, the transition out of youth was clear…it was usually when someone got married. However, marriage trends have drastically shifted over the last 50 years. Marriage can’t be an assumed transition into adulthood.

We see anyone 18 or older as an adult and because of this distinction, they are no longer a part of the youth group. We want all adults of all ages to actively and responsibly pursue a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.Years ago, the transition out of youth was clear…it was usually when someone got married. However, marriage trends have drastically shifted over the last 50 years. Marriage can’t be an assumed transition into adulthood.

We see anyone 18 or older as an adult and because of this distinction, they are no longer a part of the youth group. We want all adults of all ages to actively and responsibly pursue a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.

So, perhaps you’ve heard the term ‘pillar’ in recent years. That was a group of people 21 and older that may have had different social events together, or perhaps service projects. Like the pillar group, the young adults can definitely get together for service projects or for a social events, but hopefully with the idea to also integrate with other adults in the congregation. Going forward, we’d like to dissolve the ‘pillar’ brand and utilize the ‘young adult’ phrasing. And perhaps you’re thinking, “what does it matter?” But, names and words are important. Pillars was sometimes referred to as just ‘older youth’ and the young adults aren’t ‘just older youth’ they are ‘young adults’.

What makes someone an adult can’t be whether they are married or not, or whether they have children or not. This group of people aren’t ‘older youth’ they are ‘young adults’ and we need to treat them as such.

So, perhaps you’ve heard the term ‘pillar’ in recent years. That was a group of people 21 and older that may have had different social events together, or perhaps service projects. Like the pillar group, the young adults can definitely get together for service projects or for a social events, but hopefully with the idea to also integrate with other adults in the congregation. Going forward, we’d like to dissolve the ‘pillar’ brand and utilize the ‘young adult’ phrasing. And perhaps you’re thinking, “what does it matter?” But, names and words are important. Pillars was sometimes referred to as just ‘older youth’ and the young adults aren’t ‘just older youth’ they are ‘young adults’.

What makes someone an adult can’t be whether they are married or not, or whether they have children or not. This group of people aren’t ‘older youth’ they are ‘young adults’ and we need to treat them as such.