Xers, brought up in a commercial-saturated culture where everyone is selling something will always be asking, “What’s the hidden agenda? What’s in it for the one telling me this? What is this really about?”
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I believe the church today is suffering from a failure of imagination. We have a long and distinguished history of being the church and this tradition has served us well. It allows us to function and helps us remain faithful to God’s call. But I wonder if we are too comfortable with this tradition and history.
By the time I started high school, I had transformed into what some people call a “Sunday-and-Wednesday” Christian. At times I felt I was two different people: one person within the walls of the church and another outside the walls of the church.
“How can we reclaim the drop-outs from our church? How do we promote retention of young adults? But first we need to understand why this generation has left in the first place.” Brian McLaren
Shane Clairborne, “We’re going to lose young people becaue we haven’t trusted youth to share the gospel but just played games with them.”
I still have a notebook full of chicken scratches and phrases with the hopes of writing articles. But time moves on as well as my travel schedule, so I’m turning to my “Twitter” feed from the conference to put things in perspective
Cultures are the substance from within which churches emerge and are immersed, and these cultures have characteristics and expressions that may be adopted, adapted, transformed from the inside, discarded, and replaced.
A week ago, over 400 individuals from across the United States (plus Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand) gathered in Washington, DC at Grace Baptist Church for a conference to explore what Christianity is about in today’s world with a focus on children and youth.
Forming disciples is one of the most ancient mandates of the Church. From the beginning, small groups of Jesus’ followers gathered in homes to ‘continue in the apostles’ teachings and the prayers.’ Small groups are one of the most important places for discipleship formation in a context like ours.
As a response to the financial bruising on the Western church system (church, seminary, publishing, para-church, conference – all of which are co-dependent and therefore suffering together), new forms of Christian-based co-operative structures will emerge.
It did not come as a surprise that there has not been much study of our Emerging Adults because they do not self-identify as “devout” or “religious” – rather, if they identify at all with religious beliefs they name themselves “spiritual, but not religious.”
Becky Garrison shifts the popular focus from the pioneers who founded emerging congregations to those finding appeal and belonging within them. What draws followers to these ’emerging church’ communities? Why are they coming back, or are they? How do they understand themselves to be “church” or do they?
What happens when two bishops, one known for his liturgical scholarship and the other for her interest in contemporary culture, go looking for effective ways to share the good news of Jesus Christ in a rapidly changing world?
What are the implications of the current “Great Emergence” that many believe we are experiencing today, both culturally and spiritually?
Is your community one of invitation, inclusivity or radical welcome?
This month I’ve been contemplating, “Why, exactly, does my generation not go to church (myself included) on a regular basis? It’s a question that does not have a given answer, but is something that must be contemplated regularly.