Ministry Mission Statement
Our mission is to connect the unconnected to an accepting community so that they can experience the grace of Christ through authentic relationships, genuine worship, and selfless service.
In 2003, a group of young adults expressed an interest in “doing life together.” That mission came to life by creating a community that focused on four core values: worship, spiritual growth in small groups, serving others, and sharing deeply in community. As a gathering point, a weekly worship service called The Table for young adults was started. Several life groups and accountability groups met to study Scripture, wrestle with difficult life questions, and support one another in every season of life. In 10 years, more than 700 young adults walked with one another through job transitions, death, illness, cancer treatment, weddings, and new babies! Indeed the group of young adults at Chapelwood has shared life together.
During the last year and a half, increasing numbers of young adults have chosen to worship in all of Chapelwood’s worshiping communities. In response, a young adult core team that includes persons from many of our communities was formed in May 2013 to help discern the next stage of young adult ministry at Chapelwood. The staff leadership has also been in a time of discernment for the next season of young adult ministry.
Needing a guide in this discernment process, Chapelwood entered into a two-month consultancy with a pastor in South Carolina. Andy Cunningham is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with 18 years experience in ministry in Methodist churches. As part of the consultancy, Andy interviewed 10 churches, 19 Chapelwood young adults through one-on-one interviews, and heard from young adults in a Web survey. In addition, he led an all-day dreaming session with young adults in October.
One of the main challenges was to determine how young adults across all worshiping communities could best continue to do life together in their smaller groups while finding ways to come together as a whole.
After much prayer and reflection, Chapelwood is taking the following “next steps” in young adult ministry:
• Chapelwood has hired Andy Cunningham as Director of Young Adult Ministry.
• The Table worship service, which meets on Sundays at 5:30 p.m., held its final service on Sunday, December 8. The service celebrated the strong foundation of young adult ministry as the community shared their favorite memories.
• The current small groups and Sunday School classes for young adults will continue. There are three weeknight groups and four Sunday School classes of young adults meeting at this time. Social outings, retreats and trips will still take place.
In the future, Andy will work with the young adult core team to help draft a vision of the next season of young adult ministry. I hope you will want to join them in the process.
Pastor of Adult Discipleship