In Bismarck, North Dakota, Catholicism and Lutheranism long have dominated the religious landscape and local culture. So when Evangel Church, an Assemblies of God congregation, started experiencing rapid growth, people took notice. Evangel Church is now one of the Assemblies of God’s 100 largest congregations, with attendance approaching 2,500.
While many pastors view youth as the future of the church, Evangel’s Josh D. Skjoldal focuses more attention on adults in their 20s and 30s.
“You can really build something on the back of young families,” says Skjoldal, who has been pastor since 2015. Evangel Church considers young families — young mothers in particular — in all its ministry efforts.
“I’m a 32-year-old dad with two young kids,” Skjoldal says. “For my wife and myself, our lives are really dictated by raising young kids. For others who may have been part of a church and left along the way, this is one of the key re-entry points the church gets.”