Stage Four: Deepening

Deepening is the fourth of five stages of young adult ministry development in congregations. Find out more information on the five stages.


Young adults are a strong presence within the congregation, but the congregation has not yet been transformed to being a full multigenerational home. The young adults in this congregation have connections to each other, both socially and spiritually, as well as robust regular activities, but have fewer relationships with other adults in the congregation. Some young adults are likely involved in other aspects of congregational life, and are starting to offer their perspectives on new ways of doing business.


  • Develop young adults as lay leaders through informal (mentoring) and formal leadership development
  • Invite young adults into positions of leadership (again, formal and informal) in the areas they are passionate about and that use their talents
  • Connect young adults to the broader faith and other UU young adults across the Association
  • Examine assumptions and practices that may be signaling to young adults that they are not welcome throughout congregational life. Include young adult stories and perspectives in ministry and worship
  • Think about institutional and cultural change within the church. Explore new modes of worship and communication