Reaching People under 40 While Keeping People Over 60: Being Church for All Generations by Edward H. Hammett
Many established churches are facing a number of challenges in today's increasingly secular culture. Such a shift in many communities creates a challenge of church growth and church health when it seems that satisfying the needs of one group creates barriers to reaching another group. So many are asking, "How do you keep people over sixty years of age, who often hold church culture values, while at the same time reach people under forty, who often hold postmodern values?" If a church is interested in growing, this situation becomes a major challenge. Reaching People under 40 while Keeping People over 60 looks at the church as it seeks to function in a new world. It looks at the differences in the generations and at postmodernism - not just a generational difference but a global change. Most importantly, Reaching People under 40 while Keeping People over 60 looks at what a church can do in this new age to help the church survive - and thrive! Foreword by Bill Easum. A TCP Leadership Series title.
Edward H. Hammett, PCC, is a Professional Certified Coach through International Coach Federation, prolific best-selling author, conference leader, coach with The Columbia Partnership, & Church and Clergy Coach for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina. He is also a proven church and denominational leader and coach with more than 25 years of experience. Eddie is the author of Spiritual Leadership in a Secular Age: Building Bridges Instead of Barriers, Reaching People Under 40 While Keeping People Over 60, and Making Shifts without Making Waves: A Coach Approach to Soulful Leadership.
Table of Contents
Editor's Foreword vii Foreword Bill Easum viii Acknowledgments x Introduction xii Understanding the Challenge of Church Today Why Pastors Are Burning Out and Churches Are Dying 2 Church: A Hotel for Saints or a Hospital for Sinners? 15 Discovering the Points of Tension When Generations Collide 30 Is the Church a Business? 45 When Cultural Realities Impose on Church Traditions 56 Finding the Win-Win for the Church: (A Coach Approach That Moves You to Mission) What's a Win-Win for People over 60 and People under 40? 80 What's a Win-Win for Your Church? 88 Bible Study for Twenty-first-Century Adults? 130 What Are the Options for Creating a Win-Win Situation? 140 What about the 40- or 50-Somethings? 155 Celebrating Church for All Generations 159 Conclusion: Coaching Conversation with Randy and Eddie 168 Notes 175 Bibliography and Online Resources 178