It probably won't be a shock that Generation Z isn't very supportive of religion. A recent study by Springtide Research Institute showed these American 13 to 25-year-olds might still check a box regarding a religious affiliation, but that half of them surveyed don't trust organized religion. But Van and Anna Ferguson are trying to help change that trend with their ministry to college age young adults called New Identity. Van said a lot of high school graduates end up leaving the church for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they just move or go away to college and don't find a local church. He and Anna hope to change this.
Van said he felt called to the ministry within a couple years of his marriage to Anna. So after pastoring a church for four years, he realized he wanted to work with college age kids. He said a lot of people discouraged him from pursuing that kind of ministry because many churches can't afford a college/young adults pastoral position. But they pursued it anyway and decided the ministry would start out meeting at their home. "We made some of the worst decisions of our lives in college between the ages of 18 and 22," Van said. He couldn't get away from the fact that many young adults are away from their parents at that point and need someone to continue discipling them.