conclusion: be effective

Previous: Connection in ministry In order to prevent losing an entire generation, the Church needs to assert itself and strategize how to be effective in reaching its youth. In our Egypt scenario, there was a dire need to develop a national plan to reach and disciple youth, conduct youth leadership training programs, and ensure collaboration […]

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con· nec· tion

Previous post What we discovered placed us at an operational crossroads. We had to decide whether to simply maintain our ministry using our current programs and products as they were or whether we needed to take steps to overhaul… just about everything. If we committed to an overhaul, that would mean adding a mechanism to […]

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Family and dis·con·nec·tion

In her book Almost Christian, Kenda Creasy Dean reveals that American youth are ‘almost Christian – but perhaps not fully, at least not in terms of theology or practice.’  They are “almost Christian” in that they generally adhere to Christian principles but don’t live out a thought-through faith that affects their day-to-day living. OneHope’s ABY study —which, […]

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Youth and dis·en·gage·ment

The reality of whether young people are leaving the Church in droves, slow drifting away from deep faith or whether they are revitalizing the next generation of on-fire Christians is highly controversial. David Kinnaman, President of Barna Group, outlined six main reasons young people are leaving the church [1]: Orange founder Reggie Joiner describes churches […]

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Reflections on poverty of spirit, power and prestige

The past two weeks have been surreal. In the span of a fortnight, I buried a beloved uncle, heard the news about the resignation of Bob Coy, and was installed as the Chair of the Oral Roberts University (ORU) Board of Trustees. I was sequestered in ORU board meetings last week. When I reconnected to email and social media on my flight home, I was startled by the avalanche of texts, emails, posts, likes, RT’s and DM’s that flooded in. […]

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Sexless Japan: an unnatural pattern

In Japan, Europe and the U.S., statistics are showing that people are marrying later in life or not at all, birth rates are on the decline, and housing reports show an increase in single-occupant households, as well as young people living at home for longer periods of time than before. What do these startling trends […]

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