Revival of Hope: A Critical Generation for the Church

From: Volume 6NS, Issue 2: Fall 2002 Pages 7-28

Abstract

Today's youth and young adults representing the Digital Generation and Gen X are more open to spirituality and the concept of God than their parents. Yet they are often resistant to the church because they perceive it as segregated, irrelevant, authoritarian, and culturally isolated. Broken homes and excessive materialism have robbed these youth of a stable home setting, resulting in a fierce self-reliance and independence. Yet they long for the affection and spiritual direction that an authentic Christian community provides. How can the church build bridges with this generation, offering the hope of the gospel to postmodern youth living in an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear? The challenge for the church is to live as an authentic supportive community of faith, remaining faithful to biblical truth while adapting to the rapidly changing culture.

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