Our Why

For the first time in the history of the United States, we are officially a “post-Christian” nation. A study done by the Barna Group, based on 15 metrics related to faith, revealed that nearly half of the nation’s adult population (44%) now qualifies as post-Christian.1 If that isn’t staggering enough, Barna also discovered something worse, “The pattern is indisputable: The younger the generation, the more post-Christian it is.” 2 Here are some other shocking statistics:

  • Nearly 1 in 4 Americans (23%) claim no religious identity (classified as “nones”)
  • The “nones” are now the largest religious group in the US
  • Of the “nones”, over 1/3 of them (35%) are under the age of 30
  • Of the 85% of Americans who were raised Christian, nearly 75% no longer identify with Christianity
  • There are more than 4 former Christians for every convert to Christianity.3
In North Carolina, the statistics are worse than the national average, as the “nones” make up 35% of our population.4 All of those statistics, combined with the largest age demographic in Wilmington being 25-34 (<14%)5, shows that we have a huge problem: we are spiritually losing and separated from younger generations.6

But there is hope. While Young Millennials and Generation Z are disconnecting from the church, they are very spiritual.7 So, what can be done to bridge the gap between the church and their spirituality? As Craig Groeschel says, “to reach people no one else is reaching, we must do things no one else is doing.”

“to reach people no one else is reaching, we must do things no one else is doing.”
Our Plan
Mission Wilmington is becoming a city-wide ministry whose sole focus is young adults (mid-20’s to mid-30’s) in Wilmington. Instead of being a church, we will be more like missionaries who serve as an extension of our local churches. Our mission is to be a movement of young adults who transform our city through living on MISSION with Jesus.
We will use the following strategies to accomplish our MISSION:
The Gathering- weekly meeting for young adults to connect relationally and spiritually

Special Events- concerts, community forums, career fair, leadership panels, etc.

Community Service Projects- partner monthly with local non-profits to help them serve our city

Social Events- sponsor fun, social events for connection and building relationships

Mission Groups- small groups of young adults that meet in their homes to read and discuss scripture, pray for one another, and to grow in their faith as they grow with one another.

Mentorship- connecting young adults with older generations for the purpose of discipleship and multigenerational community.

With millennials making up the largest demographic of the American workforce, and with them being the largest age demographic in Wilmington, everybody wins when young adults are invested, engaged, and empowered in our city.

Our Partners
  • In light of 1 John 5:14, commit to praying for Mission Wilmington every Thursday at 5:14.
  • You can fill out the contact info below to join our email prayer list.
  • Share our events with your employees
  • Allow us to come to your business and bless your employees (i.e. ice cream, coffee, etc.)
  • Invite us to come and share about Mission Wilmington during a staff meeting
  • Partner with us for a community service project
  • Follow and engage with us on Instagram and Facebook
  • If you are a young adult, then join us!
  • Volunteer to be a mentor
  • Be intentional about engaging and investing in young adults at your workplace


The only way any of this will be possible is through generous financial donations. We would be honored for you to become one of our reoccurring monthly financial partners, or you can give a one-time gift. Here are several ways that you can give:

  • Online via credit card, debit card, or online check
  • Text to Give– dial 84321 & choose Mission Wilmington
  • Venmo– @Mission-Wilmington

Mission Wilmington is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, meaning all donations are 100% tax deductible. Financial giving statements are sent every January, or per request.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Mission Wilmington. If you have any further questions, then we would love hear from you! Please fill out the contact form below.

  1. “2015 Sees Sharp Rise in Post-Christian Population,” Barna Group, August, 12, 2015,
  2. “Five Trends among the Unchurched,” Barna Group, October 9, 2014,
  3. James E. White, Meet Generation Z: Understand and Reaching the New Post-Christian World, Baker Books: Baker Publishing Group, 22-24.
  4. “Religious Landscape Study: Adults in North Carolina,”
  5., derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
  6. “Religious Landscape Study: Age distribution,”
  7. “Millennials are less religious than older Americans, but just as spiritual,” November 23, 2015,