Grace Church was started by a couple of old guys and their wives with a small group of Jesus-followers in their teens and early twenties. We had all come to the biblical understanding that young people shouldn't have to wait to become a fully-functioning part of the amazing body-of-Christ experience. That's putting it nicely. Truth be told, we believe young followers of Christ MUST be actively engaged and empowered by God to struggle in and do the work of the local church, being matured and strengthened in the process. Sounds simple, but for us this continues to be a transformative part of our DNA as Grace Church.
If you are in college or grad school, we encourage you to get to the weekly Young Church gathering. Young Church is designed to give a place and a space to dedicated disciples of Jesus to get about the work of growing spiritually together AND doing the ministry of Jesus together. We're straight-up "being" and "doing" church in a simple gathering that we hope touches the heart and mind of the Christ-follower, while being authentic to the Christ-seeker. When those who are non-yet Christ-followers attend, our hope is that they will be drawn by the Spirit's life, love, and power.
Beyond the weekly gathering, those who are active in Young Church are truly depended on to be the drivers, the nuts-n-bolts, of church-body life, energizing much of week-to-week ministry that occurs inside and outside the walls of Grace Church.