18-20 (2019) saw 120 people from Canada, the
United States, and Mexico converge in
Minnesota for the 2019 young professionals’
Legacy Conference on Navigating Your
It is a span of life that is challenging
because so many things change so many
times: friends, family, career,
housemates, and debt levels.
It is also the case that many of the most
important decisions one will ever make are
made in these years and they can affect
the rest of one’s life.
Some of the key points made were:
- the value of getting rooted with
people who will call you on in
- facing the natural fears that come
with this stage of life,
- how to know God’s will and trust him
in all circumstances,
- how to witness to those around you,
- how to make new friends and have a
great time in Minnesota in the winter
Young Pro Podcast Launch
We are about to launch a podcast – a weekly,
twenty-minute show – on the subject of doing
outreach to those in their twenties, young
professionals as they are often called.
Travis Wesenberg, the producer, interviewed
Mike Shaughnessy about what they would be
not the easiest years in life. Everything
important seems to be in a state of flux. It
is when students transition to “adulting”
and eventually reach adulthood. Mike, you
have covered that a lot in this newsletter.
What can we expect to hear in the podcasts?
What we will
discuss - and by ‘we’ I mean a variety of
people who are working in this space - we
will discuss this newly emerging stage of
life, the opportunities it provides for
presenting the gospel, and how we can do
Presenting the Gospel
stage of life just trend, or is this here to
stay? Many young professionals feel the
older generation sees this extended
transition as a problem that needs to be
This is the
new reality. There is no going back. The
necessity of being better educated is real.
So are more debt, higher prices, greater
mobility, unemployment, and relational
instability. The higher stress level is real
but it also creates a great opening for the
who will be listening to these podcasts are
people who want to do mission. They are
people who want to pass on their faith to
their peers. They are eager to get started.
anywhere you have two or three who want to
start a Young Professionals Outreach you
have it half-started already. You have a
The next obstacle is: Where to start! Doing
nothing is never a way to start. It’s like
the old Irish joke: “How do you get to
Dublin from here?” The reply is, “Oh, I
wouldn’t start from here.” My
point is that you start where you are! And
you start by doing something.
But that ties into the other big obstacle to
starting a YPO: fear of failure. It is funny
how powerful the fear of failure is. The
mere potential of experiencing that bad
feeling keeps people from acting and that
guarantees failure! Whoops!
Why do you
think this is an opportunity, or as we often
say, an open door for mission?
at this age lack a stable foundation for
what they believe. They grew up with a post
-modern worldview. They accept the utter
inconsistency in their thinking, but they
don’t like it. Most still want a worldview
that works rather than accepting confusion.
In addition, most young adults do not have
stable, reliable friends. They had some in
high school or at university but now they
spend their day at work, mainly with
strangers, few of whom are
peers. A good YPO is built around this
amazing opportunity. We can be the best
friends, loyal, gracious, servant hearted,
inclusive. Friendship works like gravity. It
draws people in. So, this
is a great opportunity for the gospel of
love and truth.
give us a preview of what things will be
covered in the upcoming podcasts?
two main kinds of podcasts. One will be “the
news”. There is a lot going on in different
places. We will cover what’s working in
Kansas City, what’s new in Lansing, what’s
challenging in Columbus and what’s starting
Second we will do training on things like
developing ‘a genius for friendship’,
creating a winning environment or helping
people take the next step further up and
podcast is already up on the Spotify and
Apple Music apps. (Download those apps free.
Then search for YoungPro Podcast on either.)
Life is busy, as we all know, but these
great podcasts can be listened to on the way
to work or when doing you laundry.
Youth struggle with the
desire to fit into the culture of the world
around them, especially when that culture
speaks strongly but wrongly.