The Millennial Narrative: Sharing a Good Life with the Next Generation

The Millennial Narrative: Sharing a Good Life with the Next Generation

by Jaco J. Hamman

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Overview

“A good education will land you a good job,” “Be an entrepreneur/Start something in a garage or dorm room” and even “Jesus saves” are narratives that collapsed for the millennial generation (born
1982-2002). These narratives, amongst many similar social and religious ones, have lost their meaning and power as millennials question all authorities and struggle to flourish in a world come of age. With their needs for community and success, a strong spirituality, and believing that their gifts should be recognized and can make a difference,
millennials increasingly find meaning and purpose outside the church. As they face economic uncertainty, reduced career prospects, unceasing change, as well as civic, global, and ecological uncertainties, however,
a large number of millennials are overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety and depression. Caught between hope and fear, millennials leave the church with their values of personal transformation, purpose, community,
spirituality, social transformation and ecological awareness.
Ironically the church often holds the same values.




The Millennial Narrative is written for pastoral leaders who want to welcome millennials, both inside and outside their congregation.
The book draws on the wisdom of the prophetic Book of Joel as a narrative worth living into. Drawing on Joel’s three chapters, The Millennial Narrative empowers pastoral leaders to:



• Facilitate the work of mourning millennials are facing;


• Envision a spiritual community that can welcome millennials;


• Introduce a compassionate God that restores and indwells as the
Spirit;


• Reflect on God’s judgment through the lens of accountability;
and,


• Support and encourage millennials to be a blessing to others.




In addition, pastoral leaders will receive a sermon outline and material for adult education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501839139
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jaco J. Hamman is the Director of the Program in Theology and Practice & Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Recognize: The Locusts of Life and the Promise of Lament 1

Chapter 2 Gather: The Isolation of Loss and the Promise of Community 27

Chapter 3 Discover: The Compassionate God and the Promise of Personal Restoration 53

Chapter 4 Receive: God's Spirit and the Promise of Spiritual Practice 83

Chapter 5 Be Accountable: A Just God and the Promise of Political Restoration 107

Chapter 6 Restore: The God Who Nurtures and the Promise of Renewal 133

Conclusion 151

Notes 161

Bibliography 193

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