The Pursuit Of. “Empowering Future Generations”. “Empowering Future Generations”. Jesus Stated: “I Will Build My Church and the Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail Against It.”. One Key to this Truth is Our Ability to Empower Future Generations. “Empowering Future Generations”.
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“Empowering Future Generations”
“I Will Build My Church and the Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail Against It.”
One Key to this Truth is Our Ability to Empower Future Generations.
1. Passing the Baton of Leadership
A. Testing Our Faith.
> The Church in America has hit a wall of resistance.
> Survival means hearing from Heaven and ‘Shifts’ in our thinking.
> Review of 1st Kings Chapter 19 Revelation.
1. Passing the Baton of Leadership (cont.)
> Emerging Generations (Judges 2:10 – 15).
> First time in our history that we have four generations living at the same time.
Dr. Mel Ming’s Overview of Recent Sampling of 6000 people in USA Who Claim to be Christians:
In four generations we went from 13 out of 20 identifying themselves as Christian to 1 out of 20 doing so.
83% of those who became Christians did so before the age of 20.
We MUST invest disproportionate amounts of money and resources on reaching children and youth.
This is a HUGE Harvest Field. With 80 million Millenials in the USA, they would represent the 7th largest country in the world.
Builders/Boomers Tend to View Millenials/Gen-X as lazy and unprepared.
Millenials/Gen-X tend to view Builders/Boomers as control freaks and manipulative.
The current generation of leaders will pass into retirement between 2011 and 2025.
Barna Statistics: continued
The Baton of Leadership is NOT being passed in Business
The Baton of Leadership is NOT Being Passed in Government.
The Baton of Leadership is NOT Being Passed in Church.
Will We Survive These Trends?
The Church Triumphs!
A. Must be Intentional.
Jesus said in Mark 10:43 – 45
“But whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be the first shall be the slave of all, for even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”
As gifted ones, we are each to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us in our time, our talents, our treasures, and our truth.
B. Must be Proven In Relationships.
> They desire a double anointing.
> They are a networking generation using technology.
> Their point of reference in ministry is different.
> Their understanding of church history is different.
> They create new ideas for ministry.
> They don’t want denominational baggage.
> They have new ways to reach the unchurched.
> They see the mission field as being geographically wide-open.
> To them a changing society demands change in ministry methods.
> They need mentors.
> Incubation time is required to prove their ministry ideas.
> They work in ministry TEAMS rather than as individuals.
> They are shaped by different cultural forces than their predecessors.
> They desire to be biblically relevant to our culture.
> The question in the back of their mind is: “Are we really welcome here?”
> “Hear What God Is Saying”
> “Capture His Priorities”
> “Fulfill Your Assignment With Passion”
> “Look For His Fingerprints In Ministering”
> “Don’t Touch The Ark”