Carlus D. Page on How the Church Can Reach Across the Generational Divide to Young Adults

Carlus Page at the 2019 National Lectureship in St. Louis.

Carlus D. Page sees a divide in the church — a generational one — and wants to bridge it.

Page, 35, serves as ministering evangelist for the New Heights Church of Christ in Biloxi, Miss. Since his arrival in August 2014, that multiracial, multigenerational congregation has grown from about 15 members to 85.

For the last few years, Page has organized the Millennial’s Reach Conference,conducted twice in New Orleans and once in Miami. The fourth annual conference is set for March 12-15, 2020, in New Orleans.

“Between the ages of 20 and 40 in Churches of Christ, there really isn’t a platform that is keeping our young adult Christians spiritually engaged,” said Page, who was baptized at age 8 and started preaching at 12. “So after they reach adulthood, they no longer can go to the National Youth Conference, and then most don’t come to the National Lectureship.”

Page visited with The Christian Chronicle during the recent National Lectureship,where he spoke on biblical approaches to social problems.

Question: What sparked the Millennial’s Reach Conference?

Answer: I’m kind of on the outskirts of millennials. So, seeing the way that a lot of people talk about leaving the church, I thought it would be a great idea to try to develop something, a platform, for our peers by our peers.

Q: Describe the focus of the conference.

A: It’s a three- to four-day conference. On the first day, we have a welcome event. Then on that Friday, we always do a community service event.

We want to reach up to God. We want to reach in within ourselves. We want to reach out into our community.

Q: Why do you see a need for such a conference?

A: Our young adults are often neglected. Some older Christians are frustrated with the young adults, saying that they don’t listen. And then, some young adults are frustrated with some of the older Christians because they say they won’t give us a chance. So it’s been a total war back and forth between generations.

The fabric of the Millennial’s Reach Conference is saying, “We’re tired of building walls and want to build bridges for generations to come.” And the millennial generation is the generation that I believe can build the bridge and build the bridge model.

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Source: Christian Chronicles