Recently I was asked the following five questions about the next generation and the church. The questions are very relevant and so I thought I would share my brief answers from my perspective.
1) Do you believe the average church in America is successful at engaging younger generations? (Why or why not)
I do not.
I believe it is a leadership issue in most churches. Churches must fight to get younger and lead from a younger perspective. I don’t think this happens effectively in very many places. As leadership ages, so does the approach and ministry model. (fwiw…I do not think this is the case at First Baptist Woodstock)
2) What are the greatest barriers of the church in reaching and discipling postmodern younger generations?
Difficult question. Not entirely sure if there is a clear answer to this. Certainly the view of the church by younger generations is an obstacle. The loss of truth is another. The relevancy of the church is an issue. The disintegration of the home and the passing of faith from previous generations has been disastrous.
3) What do you find personally is the greatest challenge in making disciples of younger generations?
In student ministry, it’s a lack of parental discipleship and partnership.
4) What do you feel is their greatest potential to offer the church?
Everything. The world is flat and this is a change/cause generation that could fulfill Matthew 24 if they could be equipped, motivated, and released.
5) What do you wish younger generations understood about Christianity / the Church?
Jesus is better than…(Hebrews)