A while back Younger Generation Church hosted a national event with the Barna Group, in our effort to help ministry leaders empathize with next generations. The interactive training/conversation with "You Lost Me" author David Kinnaman, launched our local efforts to intentionally educate and equip our members to love young adults better. With that endeavor has come a sequence of initiatives where we've partnered with the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists to help all our Adventist churches better engage Millennials.
You Lost Me. Live! explored the ways Millennials see the world, and gave particular attention to how young adults experience the Christian church. David Kinnaman's research for the Barna Group as cited in his book, "You Lost Me," captured the sentiments of 27,000 Millennials, and did a great job organizing the findings so we might better understand why so many of the next generation are disengaging with church life. In partnership with North American Division Adventist Youth & Young Adult Ministries, and Southwestern Union Young Adult/Youth Ministries, Younger Generation Church produced a video summary of "You Lost Me. Live!" as well as a discussion sheet to help local leaders start conversations.
At the conclusion of the summary video, David Kinnaman poses some intriguing questions to the Adventist Church:
- Where do we stand on our love for traditions versus our love for our children? How might we afford next generations to contour and express our traditions in meaningful new ways?
- How will we respond to rapid technological and cultural changes? How might generations collaborate to meet the real, contemporary cultural challenges?
- What is our confidence level in the next generation? Are we ready to “get beyond ourselves?”
- What is GOD asking of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to help the next generation change the world?
- What is GOD asking of your local faith community as it relates to young adults?
I would encourage you to share this video with your local church leaders then discuss these questions. Help your church discern:
"Do we love our traditions more than our children?"