Thanks to Lanny Donoho’s blog for bringing my attention to this video.
As I watched this video, I was really excited about the hope that Millennials have in the midst of all the negative that they have facing them. I, then, thought, “Did the Church… Did I… play some role in forming these values? Did the Church have some role in the hope that Millennials have about their ability to make a difference in this world?”
The last of this generation is just leaving our children’s ministries: they are the grade 4, 5 and six kids! The oldest of them just turned 30! It just made me wonder if the kids who I’ve been privileged to pour into over the past 17 years are contributing to the hope I hear, see and read about in Millennials. It makes me wonder what churches are doing now to offer this generation a place where they can be empowered by the Holy Spirit to offer this hope to the world. Are we ready to jump in there and help this generation make the social changes that need to happen?
I also began to think about what I am doing now to help shape this next generation that is currently in our children’s ministries. Will the Church be the catalyst in how this upcoming generation views the world and their role in it, or will we, the Church, once again lapse behind and react to what this next generation becomes? Are we engaging the culture around us? Are we helping to create and shape culture? Are we helping this generation become Kingdom shapers… people who bring about change in this world in such a way that they facilitate the restoration of individuals and communities to God, themselves, each other and the world?
Or we can choose to wait and see what happens…