MissionNext: How the Church Can Reach a Global Generation

MissionNext: How the Church Can Reach a Global Generation

by Eric Larsen


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MissionNext: How the Church Can Reach a Global Generation by Eric Larsen

Every new generation seems to bring greater confusion to those that came before: who are these people that appear so different from us? What do they value? How do we communicate with them? Can we teach them what they need to know? As the church navigates into the increasingly globalized culture of the 21st century, these questions only intensify, and their answers become ever more complex. Even the most localized context faces influence from a wide array of ethnic, cultural, and even linguistic variations from around the country and even across the ocean. This "glocal" culture has never been more present than among emerging generations.

Ministering to the next generations is a cross-cultural experience. Ministers recognize a "10/30 Window" (the demographic of people age 10 to 30) as being a substantial ministry challenge, culturally and spiritually. How shall the church minister the gospel to this "10/30 Window"? What does an effective next-gen ministry look like?

In MissionNext, Dr. Eric Larsen applies decades of global ministry experience to the glocal concern of next-gen ministry to the 10/30 Window. In it, he charts a new course for the church and her leaders as they strive to minister the gospel to the globalized culture of emerging generations. Rich in biblical understanding, thorough in theology and philosophy of ministry, and relevant to culture while also transcending it, MissionNext is a definitive work for pastors, church leaders, campus ministers, youth workers, and others who would seek to be faithful to Christ and faithfully minister to all generations, offering keen insight into why many existing models of student ministry struggle, guidance into assessing the readiness of any ministry for effective next-gen ministry, and wisdom for crafting a philosophy and strategy for ministry that will empower your church's leadership to reach emerging generations with the hope of Christ and grow them into enduring disciples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937063511
Publisher: Doulos Resources
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 1,140,216
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Dr. Eric Larsen is a PCA pastor and missionary with Mission to the World, and has worked with adolescents and emerging adults for more than 20 years. Eric founded Next in 2007-an international ministry serving the global church in reaching the next generation. He holds degrees from Covenant Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, where he earned a doctorate in Youth, Family and Culture. Eric leads a growing global team-of-teams serving on four continents reaching young people, training global church leaders, and sustaining mission kids and families. But the role Eric most enjoys is as husband to his beautiful wife, Rebecca, and as father to their four precious girls, Abby, Meghan, Natalie, and Emma.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1


1. LOST: Misguided Pathways 9

2. MapQuest: Charting a Course for MissionNext 23

3. Base Camp: Grounds for MissionNext 39

4. To Infinity and Beyond: Goals for MissionNext 57


5. “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore!” 81

6. Shift Happens 107

7. The Journey Within 129

8. Trailblazing: New Directions in Spiritual Formation 151


9. This Old House: Is It Time to Remodel Your Ministry? 167

10. Starting Out… Again: Re-Envisioning for MissionNext 179

Appendices 213

A: MissionNext Inventory 215

B. MissionNext Inventory: Case Study 221

Index 227

Index of Figures & Tables 237

Bibliography / Works Cited 239

About Doulos Resources 253

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