The Young Adult Leadership Taskforce for the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has released the second of three short films that give a look at churches that have welcomed and integrated young people into the life and ministry of their churches.
Released at the summit, which was titled re:kindle, the film features Living Water Community Church (LWCC) in Orange City, Iowa.
The film, which is part of the YALT Profiles series, includes interviews with LWCC members, pastor Jason Van Wyk, diaconate leader Rick Droog and others.
The purpose of the films is to give leaders and members from across the CRC a window into the local church culture that helps a handful of churches within the CRC thrive by engaging, discipling, and empowering the young adult (18-30) demographic.
The LWCC film centers around concepts of hospitality, creating a non-judgmental atmosphere, worship, innovation, children's ministry, and impacting a rural area.
The film premiered at re:kindle 2012, the young adult summit that overlapped the first couple days of the CRC’s annual synod. Synod also met in Ancaster, Ontario.
The film was introduced at re:kindle 2012 by Rev. Mark Hilbelink, a YALT team who grew up in Orange City and has close ties to the LWCC community.
The films were filmed and produced by Prairie Grass Productions, based out of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The initial YALT films are free and can be downloaded from YALT's website. The film shown at the summit, is one of two films that can be accessed for free.
A third short film, "Shift", which was written by Beth Terpstra and produced by Paul Terpstra, will be released at a small cost later in the summer through Faith Alive Resources.
YALT is active in many areas of ministry to young adults, including a new program titled churchINcomplete. The program is geared to help churches, classes and clusters to creatively address ways to engage young adults and welcome them into the life and ministry of a church, classis, cluster or other church entity.
This program also offers anonymous surveying, tips from experienced young adult leaders and case studies of CRC churches who addressed this issue in the past.