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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Your Church Can Reach A Younger Generation

Lost and Found Presentation - EdStetzer.com
Check out this blog post with Ed's pdf notes and a podcast about his book:

It's really not about just having a kickin' band, or a cool pastor who preaches wearing jeans and his shirt untucked. Can you provide a community? Can you be a loving family? Does your church have mentors? Can you be authentic?

I think the "authentic" piece is sometimes very difficult. When some of my pentecostal friends are holding out for their healing they haven't received yet but are proclaiming they have -- they appear inauthentic. Or some of my evangelical friends who treat their difficulties as "all part of God's plan" and who try to remain joyful in all circumstances -- appear inauthentic. People wonder, "Are you for real? Do you ever hurt?"

But overall, according to Ed Stetzer's research there is a generation of young adults that are interested and open to studying the Bible and investigating spiritual matters in the context of relationships. The "coolness" factor of your church or pastor is less important than you might think.

The podcast is short and worth a listen.

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