In Real Time: Authentic Young Adult Ministry as It Happens

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Research shows that churches are seeing a dramatic decrease in the membership of 18 to 34 year-olds. One major cause traces back to when the gospel was watered down to a non-confrontational level for baby boomers, resulting in a generation that proclaimed faith without changing its lifestyle. Now many among that generation’s children feel less endeared to the church if not suspicious of its worth considering their parents’ conflicting beliefs and actions.

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Overview

Research shows that churches are seeing a dramatic decrease in the membership of 18 to 34 year-olds. One major cause traces back to when the gospel was watered down to a non-confrontational level for baby boomers, resulting in a generation that proclaimed faith without changing its lifestyle. Now many among that generation’s children feel less endeared to the church if not suspicious of its worth considering their parents’ conflicting beliefs and actions.

As the need for relevant young adult ministry programs increases, the best example of a successful one in action today is Kairos, a weekly worship gathering of more than one thousand young single and married people in Nashville. Real Time tells the story of how this ministry unfolded, and its overriding message is one that churches everywhere can take to heart and apply.

“Young adults are serious about life. They want basic and straight,” writes Kairos pastor Mike Glenn. “In the church, we have thought people were bored with the basic message, but in fact, they have never heard the gospel at all.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805446944
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,350,767
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Glenn is the senior pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church just outside Nashville, Tennessee, where he also leads Kairos, a popular weekly worship gathering of young adults. He holds degrees from the University of Alabama (B.A.) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min.).

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. He has consulted with more than five hundred churches, served as pastor of four churches and interim pastor in seven churches, and spoken in hundreds of venues worldwide. Among his publications are hundreds of articles and nineteen books including the national bestseller Simple Church as well as Essential Church?, Raising Dad, and The Bridger Generation. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword xi

Remember: A Kairos Guided Prayer 1

Chapter 1 A Unique Moment 7

Abba! A Kairos Guided Prayer 23

Chapter 2 It's More Than Starbucks 27

What's Your Name? A Kairos Guided Prayer 41

Chapter 3 The Unseen Damage of Cultural Christianity 43

The World Revolves: A Kairos Guided Prayer 55

Chapter 4 The Many Faces of Anger 61

The Promise: A Kairos Guided Prayer 73

Chapter 5 Read It, Tell Me What It Means, and Tell Me How I Do It 77

The God Who Is: A Kairos Guided Prayer 89

Chapter 6 Groups: The Family Reconstituted 93

Polarities: A Kairos Guided Prayer 105

Chapter 7 The Risk of Honest Struggle 109

Journaling: A Kairos Guided Prayer 121

Chapter 8 Evangelism: Confrontation versus Conversation 125

Repenting: A Kairos Guided Prayer 137

Chapter 9 Mission before Belief 141

Fat Tuesday: A Kairos Guided Prayer 153

Chapter 10 Macedonia Isn't That Far Away 159

Do You Know My Kids? A Pastor's Prayer 171

Notes 173

About Kairos 175

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