For most church communities affording niche ministry (or larger ministry programs, like camping or digital community) is not feasible. Though even that one young person in a smaller church community is still in need of peer discipleship.
The Sonder Collective gifts our resources so individuals, and congregations, can be uplifted just as they are. We do it all together, and so outreach comes a collective activity where we all work toward welcoming and inclusion.
There is goodness in big church community and in small church community - and there are young people in all of them. Finding resources, time, and people for a youth and young adults community in smaller churches isn't easy- though down the road, there is another small church, and another, and another.. and another. Regardless of expression all churches share the same purpose: Jesus.
We are an intentionally collaborative space, our leadership is brought together from each church community so young people across every church community are able to enjoy community and programs that they may have missed out on previously. Our collective community allows a depth of christian thought and theology, with an aim to grow a deeper more compassionate faith. We get to listen to the experience of many peoples expression of who Christ is in their life across our ecumenical landscape of churches.
The Sonder Collective allows a greater ability for individual churches to look at what it means to grow as an intergenerational church community. By uplifting each home church, we are able to maintain our autonomy, maintain our pastoral care for each individual, but still can participate in specified age-based ministry programs.
Our motivation is always forward looking - that in 20 years time all our church communities can continue to thrive by nurturing people in their faith, as they have been doing so for many years.