Journeyman Project Dispatches from the Life of Patrick Fowler: Christianity Explored

16Feb/090

The Next Generation

Craig Groeschel has an excellent post on the next generation today, and some of the differences that set them apart from our generation, at the Lifechurch blog here.

  • Their world is smaller and perspective is broader
  • They have a wider definition of "friends"
  • They're more experiential
  • Most have been under-challenged
  • Their world is grey
  • They are searching for a cause

I would add:

  • They collect information (and read more information) than any other previous generation. See John Dyer's comparision here.
  • They are less relationally-skilled than previous generation: due to less face-to-face interaction, and lower rates of stable family environments.

I personally find the next generation an exciting group of people to reach. My perspective realizes the potential it has for communication and coordinating efforts across the entire globe. I think we simply need to train and equip them to lead their peers. My suggestion, besides being aware of these differences, is to make sure we enable them to reach their full potential. What do you think???

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