Generational issues

Generational issues

Inside the Soul of a New Generation. Tim Celek, and Zander Dieter., Zondervan Publishing Co., 1996.

Generation X. Busters. The Lost Generation. The Fatherless Generation. These are the catchphrases used to describe that elusive and mysterious generation of 46 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980. Celek and Zander have learned through years of experience that to win this generation of young people, you have to fight harder for credibility, and you have to love harder to overcome their pasts. But they have also found that reaching them is well worth the effort. This offers a fascinating, inside look at the unique forces that shape this misunderstood generation and shows how pastors, parents, and Baby Boomers of every stripe can minister to their spiritual needs. Offers practical ways to reach out to Busters and build powerful, Buster-friendly churches, to creating a vital community and empowering Busters for leadership. This generation has the potential to effect positive changes both in the church and in the world.



Out On The Edge: A Wake-up Call for Church Leaders On the Edge of the Media Reformation., Edited by Michael Slaughter and the Ginghamsburg Worship Design Team, Abingdon Press, 1998 Book and Windows/Macintosh CD-ROM.

Because reform is a life-and-death matter for the local church—which is blinded by a literal emphasis on printed words instead of joyful experience—Slaughter slices through apathy and resistance toward reaching post-literate unchurched people with the gospel. Slaughter puts forth a credible argument for reaching the unchurched through the sights and sounds of their world: multimedia and contemporary music. While the CD does give an idea of how this works for Ginghamsburg Church, it also aims to sell that church's products. The book is a worthwhile view of what worship can look like. Recommended by David Schoen, Evangelism Ministry Team Leader.



 

Starting a Seeker Sensitive Service Ed Dobson., Zondervan Publishing. 1993.

This book explains how traditional churches can have a very contemporary outreach to unchurched seekers—based on the first-hand experience of one pastor and congregation that does it successfully. Dobson explains how to reach the "unchurched" members of a congregation by experimenting with non-traditional forms of service. "Any pastor who is serious about reaching unchurched people should read this terrific book—it's inspiring, practical and challenging."—Lee Strobel, Willow Creek Community Church.


 

The Wired Church: Making Media Ministry Leonard Sweet, Abingdon Press, 1999.

Designed as a "Media ministry for dummies", the Wired Church is the how-to guide for church leaders and technicians for getting started with the use of electronic media in church life. This is the authority on "how to" and "why." Comes with a state-of-the-art interactive CD-ROM.


 

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