The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada welcomed an innovative youth initiative called the Love Movement onto the EFC platform in October 2015. The vision is to help youth put their faith into action through a study curriculum, a magazine and various other media, from now on all unified under the single name Love Is Moving.
The Canadian-made curriculum helps youth groups and youth movements explore the biblical understanding of love – and then live out that love in their communities in innovative ways. Built on the foundation of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, it works with all the other related initiatives to unleash the natural energy and passion of youth to greater acts of service.
Youth engaged in this movement share photos, videos, social media posts and written testimonies from their hands-on activities. That live content drives the energy and the updated study content of this dynamic program – inspiring and encouraging other youth in other communities to jump on board. The documented experience of youth engaged in this movement complements the curriculum, a live document shaped by the real-life, real-time experience of Canadian youth sharing God’s love with their cities, towns, schools and universities.
The base curriculum – both written and video – is revised on an ongoing basis by Canadian youth experts, pastors, academics and youth from multiple denominations to accommodate the lively diversity of Canada’s evangelical culture.
Within the study, youth learn about organizations affiliated with the EFC which are already immersed in the missional expression of God’s love in Canada. Challenges built into the curriculum move youth from thinking to acting, from feeling to sharing God’s love in tangible, life-changing ways.
Who makes up this movement? The churches, schools, youth groups and individual young people first grounded in Scripture and then released into action by this innovative program.
Why we need this movement
Remember Hemorrhaging Faith: Why and When Canadian Young Adults are Leaving, Staying and Returning to Church? The groundbreaking 2011 study (hemorrhagingfaith.com) broke open the reality of youth leaving the Canadian Church.
We learned why Canadian youth go, why they stay and realized the gravity of the need to discover how we can best invite them to stay.
Youth deeply desire to live out their faith. They want to impact the world with the love of Christ – or else church life just does not make sense to them. That understanding was a key insight Hemorrhaging Faith offered the Canadian Church.
Now, the EFC can offer a family of resources available to churches and organizations as a national, collaborative and dynamic option for those who want to engage and release Canadian youth into the fullness of a Christ-centred faith.
What it looks like
- Steeped in Scripture
- Media-rich and responsive to new, fresh content pouring in from youth themselves who become co-creators of the program
- Available through a mobile app, online and in a hard copy booklet
- Fully plugged into social media
- A network of Canadian youth encouraging and inspiring each other
- LOVE IS MOVING magazine (theEFC.ca/LIM). After two years of being available in a digital-only format, as of Janary 2016 it will be distributed in printed form along with Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine published by the EFC
- One season of a television program that showcased Canadian youth living out the love of Christ in their communities across the country, available atLoveIsMoving.ca. More seasons to come!
Why it matters
- Only one in three young people, who attended church as children, still do so today
- Of the young people who have left the church, 50 per cent no longer identify with the Christian tradition
- Youth and young adults agree that experiencing the power of God’s love is crucial for developing a lasting faith
- Among youth who continued to participate in church into adulthood, 71 per cent said their faith came alive on a short term missions trip
- Among young people who consider themselves disengaged with faith, 60 per cent said they would study the Bible with a friend.
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Statistics source: Hemorrhaging Faith: Why and When Canadian Young Adults are Leaving, Staying and Returning to Church (hemorrhagingfaith.com), based on a 2011 survey of 2,049 Canadians aged 18 to 34.