1. Include young women in ministry boards.
From personal experience, I can say that the young women on my boards have contributed as much as those ladies with more experience. It has proven invaluable to hear and implement their ideas. A warning: be ready to be challenged! They are savvy with technology and social media. You will need to be willing to open yourself up to trying out new and different ideas; the status quo will not attract millennial women to the table.
2. Offer fellowship meetings specifically for young women in your local church.Offering them a time for fellowship provides them the opportunity to socialize and network with other believers and to help them transform their desire to “do good” into action. If you read about the Millennial generation, you will learn that “doing good” is important to them. They don’t want to just talk about doing good. They want to actually “do” good. Provide avenues for them to practice good works, such as; volunteering at a shelter, making meals and delivering them for shut-ins, organize a group of elderly people who would welcome young people into their home to play games, help clean up, make lunch, etc. The possibilities are endless.
3. Place yourself in situations where you will be surrounded by young women. Listen. Observe. Be present and willing to be transparent so they can learn from your successes and your failures. Children and young people know when we are not being honest. We want them to trust us and to thrive. They will trust us if we are transparent. Once we have earned their trust, they will listen. Once they are willing to listen we can offer our guidance so that they can learn to overcome their own challenges and grow in their faith.
It is my hope that every believer would make it their mission to see the next generation engaged in their faith and living out their Christian commitments within their families, places of work and communities. Let’s do it! Let’s engage and mentor the younger generation. Let’s be a vital part of our families and communities. Let’s radiate the light of Christ on them. Oh, and let’s go to church! Let’s be an example and show them what it looks like to be involved in our community of faith, serving others, loving others and giving others from the infinite blessings God has graciously given to us. Let’s not lose a generation!
Yvette Santana serves as the Women’s Discipleship Director over the Southwest region of the United States for Hispanic churches within her denomination, as well as Chief Women's Ministry Officer for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC).She is happily married to her best friend, Samuel Santana and together they are the proud parents of two sons, Samuel (24) and David (21). Yvette admits she still loves going to church.