I found this blog by Craig Groeschel (pastor of LifeChurch.tv) most challenging in regards to reaching people in a different generation. Thought I would share it.
Posted: 19 Feb 2009 02:27 AM PST
I saved this topic for last because I believe it is most important and also the most overlooked.
If you want to reach the next generation, you must believe in them and invest in them.
Many in my generation don’t believe in those coming behind us (much like the generation before me didn’t believe in my wild ideas).
Here are some of my thoughts:
- Most of this generation had both parents working. They were given lots of things but not lots of time. Deep down, most crave support.
- In their mostly gray world, they hunger for a someone to point to black and white.
- Many were materially blessed and didn’t have to “scrap” to make it. No one expected a lot from them. They want to be pushed.
I challenge you to invest in this coming generation. They want to learn from you. (And they can also teach you some things.) See yourself as a Paul and find a Timothy. Even if you are only 23 years old, find an 18 year old and speak life into them.
It is one of the greatest joys in my life to invest in the next generation of pastors and leaders.