The church in America is seeing young adults leave the church at an increasing rate. Young adults are often disengaged from church and sometimes from Christianity altogether.
The church in America often targets young families. They provide ministry for children, students, and adults. However, this target misses those who do not have a family.
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Young singles often feel left out in the church. Young people are delaying the responsibility of family. This cultural phenomenon has created a gap between students and adults in the church. Some call this gap – emerging adults. The church often loses emerging adults as they look for truth in other sources. Here we see what David Kinnaman calls “The Dropout Problem.” 1
Nightlight wants to fill the gap and reach these emerging adults right where they are – the bar and club scene. Clubs and bars are full of 20-somethings. Instead of expecting these emerging adults to find the church, we want to missionally take the church to them.
1 Kinnaman, David (2011). “You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith.” Grand Rapids: Baker Books. p. 2