by Susan E. Moody When I was in 6th grade, Laura Cummings invited me to her birthday party. I remember that one of her birthday party favors was that make-your-own-balloon stuff. Also, we got to eat Charleston Chews at the … Continued
By Kristi Stoughton WeConnect is the ministry arm of by design ministries that is dedicated to young women. As church attendance has fallen off among millennials, by design is taking action to discover trends, to seek out ways to encourage … Continued
Who is leaving the church? How does that differ from leaving the faith? What is their background? What are some of the factors that contribute to their choice to jettison the faith in which they were raised? These are some of the questions that we need to ask if we are to stem the flow of millennials leaving the church.
by Brooke Jensen You know the feeling when you walk into a room and immediately feel like you belong? Not because you have on the right clothes, or even believe the same things. You just belong. Everyone is excited you’re … Continued
by Kimberley Minch If you have ever been part of a youth group growing up, you know that there are certain phrases that are said over and over again: “Leave room for the Holy Spirit!” (Translation: guys and girls should … Continued
By Katherine Fraser My story is rather typical. Unfortunately, probably a little too typical. Mine is the story of a young woman who adopted her parents’ faith, strayed from the church, made her faith her own, and returned. The “returned” … Continued
I know that many of you are praying wholeheartedly as you wait and hope for a young woman to return to the faith. Perhaps she’s your daughter, or a niece; a friend or former classmate. I hope you’ll feel freed and encouraged by this truth: it’s not up to us. We’re not going to win them with convincing arguments or good books or cajoling. But God, through the Holy Spirit, will win them with his love, in his timing.
Nearly every young woman that I have interviewed had a Season of Decision.
Every one of the interviewees was raised in the faith. While they were growing up, most of them accepted their parents’ faith by default. Many of these women professed faith in Christ during those years, but I discovered that nearly all of them…
by Anna Culton Sometimes, I feel like it’s raining when it’s not. Some days, I don’t know if I really believe the words to my favorite worship songs. For weeks at a time, no matter how hard I try, how … Continued