While Adventists seem to place great importance on outward behavior, such behavior is a poor predictor of their relationship with Christ. … In many cases [young adults] will become further committed to the lifestyle standards of Adventist doctrine, but only after internalizing them rather than conforming to them.
"For a long time, we’ve been talking about the need to minister better to young adults. We see our churches aging. We recognize that when the kids grew up, they quit coming to church. More than 60 percent of those who were in the church as kids have now disconnected in their 20s and 30s. We recognize the problem.
In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8, 11
Walla Walla University (WWU) and the University Church are partnering to equip, inspire, prepare and send out students who have not only studied and learned in classrooms, but who have practiced the skills they will use as they leave campus and join churches in the North Pacific Union Conference and beyond.
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“The University Church just begs to be sung in,” says Lindsay Armstrong, junior vocal performance major. “But the echoes we hear while we’re singing in that acoustically amazing space wouldn't be nearly as satisfying if we weren't able to freely sing about what is literally the greatest phenomenon in this world: that an uncontainable God wants a relationship with each of us.”
Each week, more than 230 students spend a combined total of 672 hours practicing as part of the WWU Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Steel Band, University Singers and I Cantori. (And these hours don’t include individual practice time and lessons.)
“I never thought people would thank me personally for running a camera,” says Ryan Ligman, freshman biochemistry major, “but it’s great when you get feedback from people saying how much they appreciate the work you do.”
Hundreds of WWU students have been involved in LeadOut Ministries since it was launched by Troy Fitzgerald to provide inspirational and educational resources for churches, schools and communities.