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Making Ministry EPIC: An Old Fashioned Example

If we are to make a transformative difference in the lives of next generations, I am an avid believer in the EPIC model proposed by Dr. Leonard Sweet and endorsed by Dr. Tim Elmore.

In short, this model for teaching/learning calls for young adult ministry to be:

  • Experiential
  • Participatory
  • Image-rich
  • Connected

A Growing Leaders blog by Dr. Elmore does a nice job of describing each facet, so I'll provide the link and encourage you to read it.

An all too common question: How does the typical local church implement an EPIC approach for young adult ministry when budget and resources are often so limited?

My recommendation is, don't reinvent the wheel. Look for what GOD offers you in the surrounding culture to help your young adults learn transformative truths.

A great example of this is the movie industry. Film makers go to great lengths to foster an experience and to connect with their audience.  An exceptional ministry example is the work of Rik Swartzwelder and Nathan Nazario with the film, Old Fashioned.

Not only did Rik, Nathan, and their team produce a movie, but they also made concerted efforts to provide EPIC resources for use in community and ministry contexts.

But Old Fashioned didn't stop there. They also produced a novel, a devotional book, as well as a CD--all available online as well as in stores nationally.  I particularly appreciated this aspect in that, in addition to the value of the EPIC model, the film makers recognized we all don't necessarily have the same learning media preference. Beyond the film, some are moved by the music or the literary aspect of the story. Further, Old Fashioned's engagement in social media added yet another level of connectedness with the movie and its story line.

Much of the resources, including sermon outlines, graphics, ministry ideas, and video clips were free.  This allowed us at Younger Generation Church to develop a sermon series that went beyond just a 60-minute church program to a multi-media, multi-faceted initiative affirming virtue and values in relationships. Click the image below to access our Old Fashioned sermon series.

We hope you're encouraged to implement the EPIC model in your young adult ministry context, affording next generations to be inspired, transformed, and blessed. May you find GOD working in your culture, moving in your context--and may you join HIM in transforming the world.

 

 

YG University [YGU] is our endeavor to be a life-long learning community of disciples, seeking to deepen the Christ-centered devotion of next generations, beyond the contours of Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church.

YGU aspires to be of benefit to the larger sphere of young adult ministry development across the Adventist landscape. We pray to be a blessing to many others and we are excited for the learning opportunities it will offer us as well.

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