Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Problem?

If you are like me, you probably wonder why churches are so slow to adapt to the needs of their members. Almost every young person I talk to feels like the church of their parents and grand-parents just doesn't meet their needs and lacks relevance. The result is a dwindling representation of the under 30 crowd. So what's the problem?

I am glad you asked because I have an answer ...
To begin with, I abhor the use of broad characterizations - like Baby-boomers or Millennials or X-Geners. Now that is out of the way, individuals in the year 2015 are constantly connected. I wouldn't say wired because wires aren't involved. People aren't tethered. WE are just constantly connected to our wi-fi network and wireless phones. We are constantly available while being conveniently detached.

Communication tends to be a responsiveness to alerts or a chronicling of activity to elicit emotional responses from others. The acceptable and tolerable lag times is measured in fractions of seconds instead of hours. It's more important to be the center of a trend than to be unique and individualistic, regardless of anyone elses opinion. Friend count and twitter followers are the measure of individual influence.

Here is the issue, if Christianity is to survive, it will need to offer a solution to the frantic world in which it claims to exist. Information and knowledge must be pragmatic. The church must reside with individuals bonded together to create a socially cohesive and resilient social network. At the end of the day, whatever is broken must be fixed through personal, gratifying, flexible relationships.

The Eat, Read & Pray model is more relevant today than ever before. Just consider how your life is changed by a single persistent relationship over a long period of time. Relationships that survive time, because they are NOT built on the short-term gratification of needs, are the ones that give us strength.

Consider how following this plan let's you be the person you were meant to be while helping another become the person they were meant to be.

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