Discipling young adults to become spiritually mature, capable, and confident leaders in the church requires intentionality. It does not take place naturally, no matter how attractive the setting may be. This is especially important due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on young people in our church. This intentionality must be exercised by spiritual parents within the church, and only if they have an investment in and personal relationship with the young adults themselves. Giving young adults a “parental” push to get seriously involved in the life of the church asks them do something they might find uncomfortable, at least initially. But the reward often shows itself much later, with appreciation long after the first step. If the church is to have more confident and capable leaders in the future it must develop a culture where going out of one’s comfort zone is not something to be shunned, but rather something to embrace.

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