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Monday Musings – Thanksgiving Edition

Looking into the future…

Spend an afternoon with one hundred and sixty Bible college students and it won’t take long to realize that there is a tremendous future awaiting the church!

What a thrill to engage with the student body of Summit Pacific College last Wednesday afternoon at the British Columbia Conference on the Ministry!  The discussion can be summarized in two parts and I would ask you to be open-minded as you read through this partial list of responses.

1)      What do you want to say about the present effectiveness of the church?

  • Don’t be afraid of the Spirit
  • Less focus on pleasing congregants and more on what God wants – love people where they are at and not where the church wants them to be
  • Too much talk without action
  • Lack of vision and motivation
  • We have forgotten how to pray and hear from God
  • Need to set a higher standard of holiness
  • Need to cross generational lines
  • Get back into the Bible – reverse Bible illiteracy
  • Need to be willing to change traditions and rituals – open minded

 2)         What does the district leadership need to hear about the future effectiveness of the church?

  • Build Biblical literacy and go back to basics of the Scripture
  • Altar calls – allow for the Spirit to move – more focus on prayer
  • Learn how to pray with effectiveness
  • Recognize that we are not defined by our buildings – be missional
  • Merge age groups – we must maintain a cross generation connection (mentorship)
  • Allow for creativity and be coached in the process
  • Next Gen needs to feel empowered and feel that their opinions are heard (spending time, open discussion)
  • Passing the torch to the next generation – move forward together
  • Give the next gen. a chance – don’t be scared that we will take your job – we want your knowledge, wisdom and experience – listen to what we have to say because we know our generation – want to sense that our input is valued
  • Don’t let us tip the scales too far – we need balance and need to be accountable for what balance is
  • The church is currently perceived as a machine – we want it to be an organism
  • Re-evaluate the relevance of traditions – do they foster growth in the community or cause division, are they open to change or do they hinder change?

I applaud the leadership of the BC Yukon District for wanting to hear from the next generation of leadership in their district.  The following quotes from two students summarizes it the best:

“Please mentor us, invest in us, give us opportunity – listen to our hearts – don’t judge from our outside appearance”

“My generation needs you to step up to the plate and invest personally in our lives; otherwise who can we learn from?”

From my vantage point, the church’s who invest in the next generation of leadership have a great future!!!!!

Until next time…

Don

“Taking risks for Kingdom impact!”

P.S.  If you would like RTC to engage your next generation of leaders in a similar discussion, contact me at dmann@paoc.org

 

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  • Tammy

    October 12, 2010

    interesting comments… I would say that many of our young adults would echo some of those… but with some additional changes…

    Two in particular.

    1. If Jesus changes lives then why are there not more older Christians that have visibly said “no” to the comforts and illusions that the world offers and “yes” to the sermon on the mount. Where are the lives that should challenge me and make me want more.

    2. Why does the church sometimes feel like the last place where I can hear the concerns that are closest to my heart echoed.

    It’s so great that you are asking questions and hearing what younger people are saying… keep up the great work.

    tammy

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  • J Slick

    October 12, 2010

    Don what great and open responses. Now the challenge for the church will they listen or still try to conform these revolutionaries. We have a huge opportunity to really demonstrate the 5 senses of Jesus to a culture who is begging for it.

    Love oyu great to see you yesterday.
    J

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