Here is a unique opportunity to own a collection of 35 letters written to shepherd young adults in a Christian church. The idea was to keep a connection while those young adults transitioned into adulthood as workers, college students, or in the military.
Most letters are evergreen, meaning they can be used today or fifty years from now. The letters were written over four plus years, so there are often recurring themes: Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Start of Summer, and End of Summer. Letters include Biblical references, but they are written for an audience that often is seeking, so they try to provide guidance with a voice that understands.
Most of the letters include three versions: working adult, military, and college. Since there are only slight differences, you could probably just edit one letter to fit all three kinds of young adults. There are some specific references that will need to be altered, like the construction going on at church, mission statement, or references to specific sermons.
You can use these letters as they are, just making small changes, or you can use them as a guide on how to create something similar. While these were used at a Lutheran church, the writer grew up attending a Non-Denominational church, and it can be used in any Christian church with some altering.
Many of your young adults will fade away from the church in their years before marriage. If your church is looking to create a lasting bond with these young adults, there is no better way than to keep in contact with a letter once in a while. The reactions were positive from both parents and their children who received the letters, and the campaign led to more young adults returning to the church once they had finished college or the military.
If you are looking to retain church membership or just communicate more effectively with members who tend to seek other places of worship, this collection of letters will give you the opportunity to make personal connections without having to do all the research and crafting needed to write a quality letter.
These were all written by someone with a Journalism degree, so they are well-written, 1-2 page letters. Even if you only use 12 of the 35 and send three a year, you'll have four years of letters that you can reset and send out to the next batch of young adults who venture out into the world. These letters were ghost-written for a pastor to use, but they can just as easily come from a church president, former principal, or Bible study group as a project.