The Slow Fade: Why You Matter in the Story of Twentysomethings

The Slow Fade: Why You Matter in the Story of Twentysomethings


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A discussion of the most overlooked and underdeveloped facet of the modern church—how to keep college-aged people engaged in faith. Many churches and families have programmed a youth ministry finish line at twelfth grade. They walk their seniors out the door, breathe a sigh of relief, and let them disappear for a few years. There is an assumption they'll return to church later, as adults with young families. Many never come back. They become less and less involved in church and faith and, eventually, absent altogether—they slowly fade away. Facing critical decisions that affect the rest of their lives, college-aged people need a faith community more than ever. A senior pastor, a college pastor, and a twentysomething rethink one-on-one mentorship as the way to end the slow fade. They offer insights and suggestions that will help anyone get started fighting the fade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434764799
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Series: The Orange Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x (h) x 8.25(d)

About the Author

Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of the reThink Group. He is the author of Think Orange, The Orange Leader Handbook, and coauthor of 7 Practices of Effecitve Ministry.

Chuck Bomar served as studen pastor at Cornerstone in Simi Vialley, California. Founder of and author of College Ministry 101, he is senior pastor of Colossae in Portland, Oregon.

Abbie Smith is the author of Can You Keep Your Faith in College. She is a graduate of Talbot Seminary with a degree in spiritual formation and soul care.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

A Note to the Reader 13

Chapter 1 The Invisible Years 19

Chapter 2 Personal Epic 37

Chapter 3 Common Ground 49

Chapter 4 Mentoring Redefined 61

Chapter 5 A New Breed of Leader 75

Chapter 6 Community of Faith 89

Chapter 7 Mutual Transformation 101

Appendix A A Note to Ministry Leaders 111

Appendix B Myths and Hesitations 125

Appendix C Shifting Perspectives 131

Notes 139

Sample Chapter from parenting beyond your Capacity 145

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