If you're not reaching the future of the church, your church has no future. As much sting as that statement has, it's hard to argue with. Yet many churches have no idea how to attract and retain younger generations.If you want to understand how to reach, teach, and empower young adults in your church, Jonathan "JP" Pokluda is ready to show you how. Sharing stories of successes and failures during his years of ministering to Millennials, JP offers you transferable principles that will help you mobilize the next generation toward Jesus. He encourages and equips you to- be real- teach the whole truth- hold traditions loosely- find young leaders- give the ministry away- and so much moreTomorrow's church is out there, waiting for you to care, to reach out, to understand their struggles, and to show them why today's church needs, wants, and cherishes them.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Jonathan "JP" Pokluda is pastor at Harris Creek in Waco, Texas, and former leader of The Porch, where he saw the ministry grow from 150 to more than 7,000 young adults. The author of the bestselling Welcome to Adulting, Pokluda came to understand the grace of the gospel in his early twenties, which ignited a desire in him to reach people in their twenties and thirties for Christ. He lives with his wife, Monica, and their three children.Luke Friesen is director of operations at Watermark Community Church and has been involved with The Porch for more than ten years as an attendee, volunteer, and staff member. As an editor and contributor to The Porch blog, he's collaborated with JP on a number of writing projects.
I love how, in this day and age, we in the Church are being called to lead others to be the future church. But how can we do that when it is far possible we weren't taught right? Let me explain this better: I believe Jonathan Pokluda does a wonderful thing with and in this book. He explains things rightly, but I want to show from scripture, as does "JP" with his book, a biblical approach to doing exactly that. The essence of JP's book, Welcoming the Future Church, we have this amazing opportunity to raise up leaders and showing them the right way to lead successive generations. While there are those who would rather winnow the playing field with wrong doctrine and make those who do believe to fall away from faith, we ought to stay strong and teach right. That's the whole point of Jonathan's book "the Future Church." We have a calling, a duty of love -- if you will, to teach them the correct gospel of Christ in the hopes they can do the same, to equip, to challenge others to live a grace-filled, Christ-centered life even in times that keep edging us closer to His eventual return. And that leads me to saying this, JP does a great job with the book. He explains, tells wonderful stories and shows us within those stories how we are to show Christ's love in teaching and equipping others to do the same so that they can fulfill the gospel mission: to take the gospel message to the furthest reaches of the world so that all men are saved by faith. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books for a fair and honest review.
An excellent and relatable book about engaging the next generation. This "none" generation, a generation that is rapidly falling away from the church and not believing in God, needs as much teaching, training, and engaging with the older generations, and Pokluda outlines clear ways we can engage the generations after us (with examples of acknowledging who you are, how to teach the Bible, engaging in positive feedback, hilighting what young adults want from church, being authentic, connecting with Jesus, and addressing important topics such as money, success, passions, work, community, singleness, relationships, etc). The author is also incredibly honest about his own story, and he calls us to be vulnerable leaders with young adults. I can't stress enough the importance of this excellent book, to challenge, encourage, and uplift the generations that follow us. Baker Books sent me a copy, and all opinions are my own.