Where Have All the Young People Gone: Explore Generational Change and How Young People Can Be Reached

Johnson, R. Channing

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Inhaltsangabe: The ForeWord CLARION Review assigned this book 5 star (out of 5). The reviewer said: ?Where Have All the Young People Gone? is not a dissertation or post-mortem on a major problem area in today?s churches. Rather, it is a much-needed rallying cry for churches to implement solutions to the youth problem ...? ?Johnson?s analysis provides a solid foundation for his suggestions for meeting the challenges churches face in attracting and retaining young people.? ?He coaches older readers on how to relay their personal stories of spiritual discovery.? ?The final two chapters offer Johnson?s suggestions for uniting all four of the generations and to develop a strong and growing church. These chapters should be required reading for church leaders of all denominations.? ---------------------------------------------- You cannot solve a problem until you understand the problem. This book outlines how generational differences began from changes in family structure and community after World War 2 and have continued to snowball with changes like Post-Modernism and social media. The resulting generational differences in values and worldview now separate older from younger generations. Two chapters show how effective one-on-one communications between generations can be established in families and congregations. People are taught to identify the incidents in their lives that have shaped who they are today and to learn how to ?share their story of faith? with others. Sharing rather than telling tends to cross communication barriers. Experienced-based affirmations of faith do also. Adaptive change within a grey-haired congregation is tougher. This book will guide your congregation to identify their barriers to growth, particularly the barriers presented to younger generations. Adaptive responses can be painful because they affect our accustomed habits in ?how we do church.? Two chapters of this book will introduce you to the ?how-to? and pitfalls of adaptive cross-generational change. Live the Gospel toward each other and be willing to rethink the cultural stuff that stands in the way. Tough but possible! A study guide is available for individuals and discussion groups. A Leader?s Guide is available for a church group that will plan adaptive change.

Über den Autor: Dr. Johnson is a PhD scientist (Cognitive Psychology) with a background in Chemistry and Physics. He is also been an Episcopal clergyman for many years, primarily as a "worker priest," earning his living as a scientist and giving his time to congregations in transition or trouble. He became involved in the topic of this book (generational change and conflict) during the late 1960s and the gulf between the World War 2 generation and their Boomer children. He experienced this upheaval as a college chaplain and dean, a graduate student during a year of riots, and the lead pastor in an experimental ministry. He has managed exploratory research in electrochemical and been a lead scientist in the energy amd environmental divisions of the MITRE Corporation. During this time, he volunteered primarily in congregations seeking outreach and trying to cope with change. Currently he is associate pastor at a multilingual congregation (Spanish, Cebuano, English) in Phoenix where he teaches young adults and carries on a prayer and anointing ministry.

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