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Connecting to the next generation in discipleship

I received my copy of Outreach Magazine the other day and I began to open up and see the different articles that were provided and listen to some of the titles and sub-titles: Lead Forward; Developing World-Changing Leaders in a Postmodern Culture, Succeeding at Succession; There is No Success Without a Successor, It Starts With You; 8 Essentials of Leadership, The Millennial Leader; Secrets of the Teaming Leader...

Can you see a common thread?  The church must adapt for the future and be intentional about building up new leaders.  Remember everyone how the largest generation in America is NOT in church.  We see the second largest generation in church (Baby Boomers), but the largest generation (Millennials) are there by only 10%.  This is concerning and yet it should be challenging for the church.  Are we being intentional in not just reaching the next generation but developing them into next generation leaders.

With Millennials hungry for mentoring and team collaboration it is exciting to see how our church is seeking to connect young men and women into ministry.  We have started something that we call Launch Groups that are mentor relationships with coaches that we are teaching young men and women how to grow in THEIR faith and then be prepared to one day teach THEIR faith to another generation.  The title of our state convention's newspaper rang true in that we truly may be one generation from losing them in the church.  So we have to be diligent in teaching people how to own their faith to the point that they are multiplying their faith in others.

I want to encourage you to find someone age 16-34 that needs to be mentored.  They need to learn how to own their faith and how to share that faith in a culture that is actually desiring to hear a bold message of Christ.  But do not just teach it to them, live it out with them.  A part of how a Millennial grows is when they see authenticity in all that is taught.  It is authentic by what they see and hear combined.

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