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Generation Ex Christian

Author: Drew Dyck
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 9781575675640
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Young people aren’t walking away from the church—they’re sprinting. According to a recent study by Ranier Research, 70 percent of youth leave church by the time they are 22 years old. Barna Group estimates that 80 percent of those reared in the church will be “disengaged” by the time they are 29 years old. Unlike earlier generations of church dropouts, these “leavers” are unlikely to seek out alternative forms of Christian community such as home churches and small groups. When they leave church, many leave the faith as well. Drawing on recent research and in-depth interviews with young leavers, Generation Ex-Christian will shine a light on this crisis and propose effective responses that go beyond slick services or edgy outreach. But it won’t be easy. Christianity is regarded with suspicion by the younger generation. Those who leave the faith are often downright cynical. To make matters worse, parents generally react poorly when their children go astray. Many sink into a defensive crouch or go on the attack, delivering homespun fire-and-brimstone sermons that further distance their grown children. Others give up completely or take up the spiritual-sounding “all we can do is pray” mantra without truly exploring creative ways to engage their children on matters of faith. Some turn to their churches for help, only to find that they frequently lack adequate resources to guide them. This is where Generation Ex-Christian will lend a hand. It will equip and inspire parents, church leaders, and everyday Christians to reawaken the prodigal's desire for God and set him or her back on the road to a dynamic faith. The heart of the book will be the raw profiles of real-world, young ex-Christians. No two leavers are identical, but upon close observation some categories emerge. The book will identify seven different kinds of leavers (the postmodern skeptic, the drifter, the neopagan, etc.) and offer practical advice for how to connect with each type. Shrewd tips will also intersperse the chapters alerting readers to opportunities for engagement, and to hidden landmines they must sidestep to effectively reach leavers.

Firsthand

Author: Ryan Shook
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 0307886301
Size: 45.58 MB
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Join us on a journey to find a faith of your own. A faith that isn’t your parents’ or your youth pastor’s or your church’s. Start from scratch, question everything, and get hold of a faith that’s real. We call it firsthand faith. “It’s rare to find young people unafraid to voice their doubts while still being bold in their faith. Ryan and Josh are two of those people.” —Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Circle Maker “All Christian parents want their children to develop a faith of their own. Firsthand asks tough questions and guides those with a secondhand faith to find Christ for themselves.” —Craig Groeschel, pastor of LifeChurch.tv, Edmond, OK, and author of Soul Detox “Josh and Ryan Shook, the sons of well-known pastor and author Kerry Shook, have fully embraced the fact that although their dad gave them a great start, they need to run their own race. Learn how to embrace a firsthand faith and walk in the strength of a personal relationship with Christ.” —Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC, and author of the New York Times bestseller Greater “Ryan and Josh Shook don’t shy away from the tough questions but face them head-on in this powerful book that will encourage young adults not to settle for an inherited faith but to discover a true relationship with Jesus that is unique, exciting, and every bit their own.” —Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Point Church, Nashville, TN, and author of Plan B

The Post Church Christian

Author: J. Paul Nyquist
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 0802484123
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You've heard the stats by now: the Millennial generation is leaving the church. Walking away in disillusionment and frustration, they are looking for new communities to welcome them. As they seek to follow Jesus, they are leaving the churches they grew up in to find a new way. In an attempt to exemplify the story of Millennials and seek answers for the future, Dr. Paul Nyquist, President of Moody Bible Institute, has teamed up with his son Carson to share an honest and thoughtful conversation on this topic. As father and son they've experienced this generational disconnect both personally and in the church. Hear their story as they converse about the experiences of Millennials in the church and share thoughts for how to move forward.

Hipster Christianity

Author: Brett McCracken
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9781441211934
Size: 24.34 MB
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Insider twentysomething Christian journalist Brett McCracken has grown up in the evangelical Christian subculture and observed the recent shift away from the "stained glass and steeples" old guard of traditional Christianity to a more unorthodox, stylized 21st-century church. This change raises a big issue for the church in our postmodern world: the question of cool. The question is whether or not Christianity can be, should be, or is, in fact, cool. This probing book is about an emerging category of Christians McCracken calls "Christian hipsters"--the unlikely fusion of the American obsessions with worldly "cool" and otherworldly religion--an analysis of what they're about, why they exist, and what it all means for Christianity and the church's relevancy and hipness in today's youth-oriented culture.

Brothers Stand Firm

Author: Steve Bateman
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630877395
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There are pivotal moments in history when the trajectory of marriages, families, businesses, movements, and nations could go one way or another, producing very different outcomes. This is such a moment for the church in America. The need of our generation is the same as every other: a disciplined army of credible men who know, practice, and invest seven things in the next generation. This book is designed to help men get started in this most important adventure of their lives.

Generation Selfie

Author: Christian Cohrs
Publisher: Riva Verlag
ISBN: 395971260X
Size: 72.33 MB
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Unsere Welt wird zunehmends digitaler, speziell die junge Generation verbringt einen Großteil ihrer Zeit online und betreibt dabei mehr und mehr eine umfangreiche Selbstinszenierung. Der einzelne Mensch wird zum Ich-Darsteller, sein Leben zu einer nie endenden Show in sozialen Netzwerken, möglichst in Form einer Kette von Höhepunkten – ständig auf der Jagd nach Likes, Beachtung und Applaus. Das inszenierte Leben im Internet hat jedoch seinen Preis: Die "Generation Selfie" lebt ihr Leben nicht für sich, sondern für andere, verkauft sich der Öffentlichkeit, gibt freiwillig Privatsphäre und Individualität auf – und auf der Jagd nach dem nächsten Like möglicherweise auch ihre Integrität. Die Journalisten Eva Oer und Christian Cohrs unterziehen die selbstverliebte und sensationslüsterne Generation Selfie einer schonungslosen Analyse. Welche Opfer bringen wir unserer digitalen Beliebtheit? Zeigen wir uns einfach nur im Netz, oder stellen wir uns dar wie Schauspieler? Tun wir noch, was wir wollen? Oder eher das, was die anderen liken? Richten wir uns nach der Bewertung anderer anstatt nach unseren eigenen Wünschen? Macht uns die Jagd nach Klicks nicht zunehmend manipulierbar? Was bedeutet die Dauerinszenierung für den Einzelnen und auch für unsere Gesellschaft? Welche Folgen hat sie für uns und unser Zusammenleben? Die Autoren zeichnen ein kritisches Bild der digitalen Generation.

Generation Z

Author: Christian Scholz
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527508074
Size: 20.69 MB
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