For more than ten years, I’ve had the privilege of being the teaching pastor at Kairos—a young adult worship experience at Brentwood Baptist Church. Because I preach a different message at Kairos than I do to our Sunday morning congregation, and because this commitment means I’m not at home most Tuesday nights of the year, my friends often ask me why I do it.
The first answer is, “Because I have more fun at Kairos than I do any place else.” That answer isn’t too far from the truth. There is something about the rawness of the moment, the honesty and lack of pretension that makes Kairos a very fun place to preach and teach.
These reasons, and more, are also why preaching and teaching at Kairos is so important. Here are a few that come to mind:
1. Most people who attend Kairos are beginning to think about their lives on their own for the first time.
That is, they’re old enough to look critically at how their parents and surrounding culture have led them to this point and they are beginning to make a lot of decisions for themselves. These questions are critical for their future. Questions like: Is there a God and if there is, what is God like? Who am I and why am I here? What does love look like and am I willing to pay the price true love requires? These questions are foundational to the success of the lives of these young adults. Frankly, they’re just too important to get wrong.
2. They are beginning to sense that what’s being sold to them by the culture isn’t necessarily working.
Finding jobs is hard. Finding relationships that last is harder. Finding meaning and purpose is almost impossible. They’re looking for something that helps them make sense of the world around them and the life they want to live.
3. They need a place to ask questions.
Many of those who attend Kairos have never attended church before. For some reason, it’s safer for them to come on a Tuesday night. Others may have gone as children, but dropped out and are now thinking about coming back to faith. They may not know what they want, but they know what they don’t want. They need some place to work through their issues in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere.
4. They want community.
Finding friends they can trust has become extremely difficult in our online world. They’re looking for some friends who are on the same journey they are.
I’m sure I could come up with a lot more reasons, but these were the first four that came to mind. Can you think of any more? And what about your church? Do you have a safe place where young adults can work through these issues?