“I was on the lookout for opportunities to be involved in missions and ministry,” said Coulter, a recent graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Ind. “When I saw a tweet come from NAMB about Generation Send, I decided to check it out.”
And she found exactly what she was looking for.
“Through Generation Send, I would get to serve in a new city, live and work alongside like-minded believers my age, learn more about church planting and be on mission for the Gospel. How could I pass it up?”
Coulter is among 31 young adults who dedicated their summer to serving in Atlanta, Portland and New York City as a part of NAMB’s Generation Send experience.
Generation Send is a 10-week internship to immerse young adults in ministry, missions and church planting in an urban context. The program offers opportunities to develop as ministry leaders and missionaries through hands-on, practical knowledge of the reality of missions and church planting.
“The goal is to see young adults become equipped to be future church planters, team members or church and ministry leaders,” said Steve Canter, NAMB’s urban mission initiatives coordinator.
“To see the Gospel spread in North America, we need healthy churches. And to have healthy churches in the future, we need to develop the young people who will one day be leading and investing in them,” Canter said.
This year’s interns spent their summer in ministry in their respective cities while missionary practitioners, established church planters and ministry leaders invested in them and provided guidance.
“Our cities are a mission field that desperately need people who know how to engage them with the Gospel in their everyday lives,” Canter said. “Generation Send is a great program that prepares young adults to do just that—be missionaries and church planting leaders in the most diverse and dense contexts in North America.”
For 21-year-old college student Robert Fisher, that context was Portland, Ore. A far cry from his home in Ash Grove, Miss., the city provided the backdrop for Fisher and his Generation Send teammates to put down Gospel roots in the city in preparation for future church plants.
“I wanted to be in the program because I have always had an interest in exploring church planting,” Fisher said. “Serving in Portland, our team literally became the church, doing whatever we could to identify the needs around us, invest in the people and invite them to join in what God is doing in their city.”
This type of hands-on ministry pushed Fisher to a deeper understanding of the Gospel and how it can move the hearts of those who hear it.
“We had the opportunity to share the Gospel with one man we encountered who was very much a spiritual seeker,” Fisher recounted “At one point he told us that he’d never seen young people so excited about the church. Experiences like this helped me walk away from the summer with a greater grasp of the Gospel and how it moves a missionary or church planter out into service.”
It’s experiences like these that Generation Send leaders hope participants will carry with them as they return home and go forward in their own callings.
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