Women’s ministry leaders in New England have observed that in recent years, younger women (in their 20s and 30s) are less likely to engage in Christian community than in years past. This observation has been confirmed by studies conducted by Barna Group, which found that 59% of young adults who grew up in Christian churches end up walking away from their faith and/or the organized church within their first 10 years of adulthood. In just the last decade, the number of unchurched millennials has increased from 44% to 52% and the gap is continuing to widen.
The need is great.
We at by design ministries feel a burden to reach these young women who feel disconnected from the church and from God. To that end, we are launching a new program called “WeConnect” that would help young women connect with God, the church, and each other. We want to see a new breed of young women leaders in the church who are passionate about bringing other women along to grow together in a vital and mature relationship with Jesus Christ.
So how will we do this?
In the first phase of the project we will seek to discover young women’s personal reasons for disengaging with the church and to find out their needs and concerns. This phase will involve research, developing a list of contacts in this age group, interviews, and surveys. The second phase will involve collating/distilling the findings and then sharing the information with Christian leaders for the purpose of building a team of leaders who are interested in reaching out to this age group. The third phase will be the development of the plan and curriculum for this program.
And then what?
Based on the findings regarding the program offerings that would meet the needs of the women, events could include small “Connect” groups, opportunities to serve and reach out to the local community, retreats, and an annual conference.
Our goal is to train up some of these young women to take key leadership roles in the ministry. We hope to initiate a pattern so that once these young women are mentored and trained, they in turn will mentor and train women younger than themselves and be better equipped to reach their peers for Christ.
We at by design ministries care deeply about these young women, and we want them to have a real, vital, growing, loving relationship with God. We see God moving, and we are excited to be involved with Him in His work!
Maybe you feel the same way.
If you, too, are passionate about young women reconnecting with God and with the church, we want to invite you to get involved!
Volunteer your time. We’d love to have you help with the practical tasks of administrative work, networking, hosting, advising, and other areas. If you have a heart to serve, we need you!
Support by design financially. This is the hard part. Wouldn’t it be great if finances were never a concern? However, with any ministry venture comes expenses. Maybe God is calling you to invest in eternal things by sharing the financial blessings that He has given to you. A monthly commitment (large or small!) or even a one-time gift would be much appreciated and would go far in this Kingdom work. It’s easy to donate online at our “Give” page. (And remember that any gift to by design ministries is tax deductible.)
PRAY! Committing to pray regularly for by design ministries and WeConnect is perhaps the greatest gift you can give. If you would like to partner with us in this way, please contact us and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!
Thank you for caring about the spiritual health of this younger generation. We love them, too. We are excited to be embarking on this new facet of ministry, and we can’t wait to see what God is going to do!
Meet the WeConnect Leadership Team
WELCOME, FRIENDS. I’m Sarah, a creative soul who loves Jesus! I’m most interested in seeing the gospel lived in the everyday moments, and I long to express beauty and truth through the creative arts. I live life together with an amazing community, in the perfect (well, in my ever so humble opinion) New England region. I am a chronic pain overcomer, traveling hair stylist, mental-health advocate and caretaker, mentor, artist and designer, aspiring actress, writer, and basically lover of all things creative. I’m so thankful you’re here, traipsing together through the wild journey we call life. You’re loved, and oh so welcome.
Jessi lives in NH with her husband Patrick and their two children. She grew up in San Antonio, TX, and attended the University of North Texas. After college, she pursued a career in buying for a children’s boutique in New York City, and then at Zappos in Las Vegas. After meeting her husband, they settled here in NH where he grew up. She now stays home with their sweet little ones, but still pursues various interests and hobbies which include financial coaching, and baking some of the best cakes and French macarons on the planet (https://www.facebook.com/leafpeepbakery/), the perfect outlets for her creativity and skills learned throughout her career.
Chalaine lives by her pen. As a little girl, she jotted down song lyrics and danced around her living room singing them with her sister in preparation for the day they would become famous. A twenty-something girl addicted to grace, her husband’s humor, and her dog’s cuddles, she welcomes inspiration from wherever it comes and daringly pursues her dreams with whatever it takes. Currently working on her second novel, she considers herself an idealist who wakes up each morning with the sole intention to write what is worth reading. Follow her @Chaleezy.
Kimberley is a student at Northeastern University majoring in Architecture and minoring in Songwriting. She also leads a Bible study and plays on the worship team for a Christian fellowship at school. In between traveling the world this for school and work, you can find her searching for the perfect color swatch and feeding homemade cookies to whoever will eat them.
Chelsea is a Massachusetts native who is currently studying at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where she is getting her MA in Counseling. She met her husband while working at the Trader Joe’s in her hometown after college – God works in unexpected ways! She enjoys creating art and music, and has a passion for loving people and for discipleship. She looks forward to finding out exactly how God intends for her to use her gifts in the future.