NEXT GEN MINISTRY
Evangelism In The Next Generation - Session 1
Evangelism In The Next Generation with guest Jordan Biere - US Director for Youth Alpha
ON THE PODCAST: Ministry Trends, Attendance and The NextGen
A Conversation About Best Practices To Reach The Next Generation with David Boerema and Jeff Travis
What you need to say to younger leaders.
Sushi Talk | Reaching The Next Generation with David Boerema
Clarity, Equipping And Empowerment For The Win In Kid Ministry with Melissa Diem and Faith Church Staff
Let’s be honest… We don’t like to talk numbers.
We’re afraid that if we talk about the numbers, then the numbers are the only important thing when measuring the success of a ministry. If we focus on size, then the size of the ministry will determine its value or importance.
So we want to stay away from the “numbers” out of fear of focusing on the wrong thing. But how DO we measure success in a ministry?
Millennial. It’s become something of a dirty word in traditional media and a buzzword to play with in marketing. For others, such as myself, it’s an integral part of our identity. But much more important than articles and buzzwords is the question — how do we value and mobilize millennials (read: young adults) in our churches?
In answering this question there are three major temptations that appear alluring but neither show value nor mobilize young adults.
Over the last few months I have had multiple conversations with senior leaders in churches who, in one way or another, exemplify the leader I’ve described. To be honest, youth pastors feel the same way, but with the added complexity that it’s their job – they are the hired gun.
Many church leaders are caught in the stark reality that while the emerging generations are growing, their presence and participation are declining in the church.
I enjoy reading. I go against the grain as a millennial because I like holding a physical book in one hand and a pen in the other. But with the demands of life (ministry, young kids, and the never-ending supply of leaves falling on my freshly-raked lawn), there’s just not enough time.
Enter podcasts. The concept of podcasting has been around since the 1980s, but the popularity of podcasts has grown exponentially in the last 10 years. I’m a fan!
For high school seniors, this marks one of the most critical transitions for them and their faith, since studies show that nearly half of graduating seniors struggle with their faith (Fuller Youth Institute’s Sticky Faith project has great insights on this trend). As the church, we are in a unique position to both celebrate our graduating seniors and launch them well into this next phase of life.
There are many churches approaching this transition in unique and innovative ways. Here are three things that I have found to be meaningful for high school seniors and their families.
Not many years ago I was standing with about 10 significant Christian Community Development leaders at a conference and we noted that we were all aging. As we looked around the room of maybe 2000 other leaders at the conference, I suddenly blurted out, “Oh man, who, in this next generation, is coming up behind me to replace me?!” Frankly, that was the day we all agreed that we had not been intentional in leadership reproduction, much less multiplication.
Ever wonder if you will be able to continue to communicate effectively to younger people as you get older?
I hate that the church world seems to suggest you have to be young to communicate well to young people.
So I put together the top 10 ways to communicate to and engage millennial…ensuring your future as a communicator. (This stuff works in any setting.)
We want to do everything we can to lead students to Christ. It’s our job to know, understand and lead this generation. We read everything we can get our hands on and listen to every podcast available to get deeper insights into the hearts and minds of this generation. We faithfully plan, prepare, preach and purposefully invest, but there is one truth that we must remember: Parents are right!
Here is some advice I wish someone would have shared with me. I’m not sure I would have taken it, but it needs to be said anyway.
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