Missing Generation: twenty somethings and the church

Regular readers of the blog will know that the lack of 20 to 30 year olds in the church both in the UK and around the world is a major concern. One thing we need to do is to make sure we have listened well to people in the age range – not because they will get everything right; no age range can claim infallibility either on understanding the culture or the gospel. But it is important for us to at least understand the issues from another’s perspective. We asked Keira Phyo who works for Tearfund to address a national consultation on “Confidence in the Gospel.” Kiera is a powerful communicator and in this poetic and passionate plea challenges us to rethink how we are doing church and presenting the gospel. I have a listen to what she says and then let me know what you think:

3 thoughts on “Missing Generation: twenty somethings and the church”

  1. Wow! I just listened to Kiera Phyo’s presentation: what a clear, concise, prophetic (though I’m somewhat loathe to use that misused term!) Gospel message. She so exemplifies the Apostolic charges to “speak the truth in love, (Eph. 4:15) & to always be ready to give an answer for the hope in us, {to each new generation with its own empowered story-tellers} but with gentleness and reverence”(1Pet. 3:15). Ed Stetzer (with Richie Stanley & Jason Hayes) wrote a book {Lost & Found: The Younger Unchurched & Churches That Reach Them} publishing a survey of the values of the generation (though it has an American context) that Kiera speaks of in her wonderful presentation…She is an example of why I {as a re-engaging Vineyard pastor} relate to her generation much more than my own (I was born in 1954).

    1. Thanks Ralph. I’m gonna check out that book, sounds insightful. Thanks for your encouragement. Hope church leading is going well!

  2. Thanks for sharing this! Very insightful, concise, and clear in purpose. I will make sure our church leadership gets to see this soon. We are currently working through some of those same questions now. Again, thanks!

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