The Journey of Church Planting Blog Post #4
You Lost Me: December 10, 2014
The next book on the list is You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…And Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman. Most of us, regardless of our age and or experience with traditional church would say there is a dropout problem with young adults. During their childhood and adolescent years we see these people singing in the choir, serving as ushers, participating in weekly youth activities and sitting in Sunday School classrooms. But then something happens. They disappear. Some go off to college, some move into serious relationships, but rarely do they stay. The good news is that it’s not limited to one particular church or denomination; it is a widespread American phenomena. The bad news is the Church has responded poorly to this faith and disciple-making problem. Like many of my peers, both churched and un-churched, I have experienced Christianity to at times be hypocritical, judgmental, too political and out of touch with reality. I have mentally wandered through other people’s sermons and services that dragged on with no real faith development or hope being inspired.
As a new church Second Chance has the opportunity to rethink our approach to disciple making. Kinnaman writes “Some ministries have taken cues from the assembly line, doing everything possible to streamline the manufacture of shiny new Jesus-followers, fresh from the factory floor. But disciples cannot be mass-produced. Disciples are handmade, one relationship at a time”. Two of the new core values of Second Chance say we practice authentic community and making new disciples. I want us to embrace the God given opportunities to rethink relationships with Mosaics (young adults) and how we build meaningful, life giving relationships that enhances the life of everyone regardless of their age or position. We must rediscover the intergenerational power of the church. I hope Second Chance is a place where everyone can bring their full self, gifts and passions and use them for the sake of the Kingdom. We can be a place that makes room for the questions and fears of young adults in the face of temptation and trials and still love them as they struggle and inevitably make mistakes. We need a “new way of teaching, instructing, engaging and developing” the lives of young people and helping them to make meaning of faith, Jesus and Christian community. This is our challenge. This is our call. This is Second Chance.
Prayer: Lord, equip us to live up to our name and extend a Second Chance to young people who have walked away from the Church or given up on faith because of past experiences and hurts. Show us how to build true community to empower, nurture and love each other so we can accomplish great things for you. May we raise disciples, not church members, that aren’t afraid to engage the culture and change the world. Amen