Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ageless Faith


Father and son authors, Keith and David Drury, have written an fabulous book together called Ageless Faith: A Conversation Between Generations About Church.

With a delightful dialogue form, the book feels much like a spirited coffee shop conversation.

As the reader opens the book, Keith and David look up, smile and say, "Grab some java, pull up a chair and join us!"

Keith represents the boomer generation and David brings the emergent perspective to the table. They respectfully express different viewpoints on important issues of church life, pointing out the strengths and weakenesses of each others' perspectives.

Topics explored are:
Worship
Conversion
Community
Race
Heaven
Alcohol
Sanctification
Women in Leadership
Denominational Leadership
Ordained Ministry

The conversation is within the context of the Wesleyan "tribe", but certainly fits the dynamics of other denominations as well.

I found it to be a very thought provoking read, as it challenged some of my assumptions, and helped me gain a better understanding of of the rising generation.
My most important take-home point is this. Godly wisdom must not be ignored. There's a good reason why we hold our positions. However, the younger Wesleyans bring a fresh set of eyes to the church, and we need to listen to what they have to say.
If we want to be relevent in the coming decades, our younger brothers and sisters must to be empowered for leadership at every level of the church, and I am enlisting to champion that cause.
This resource will be an outstanding catalyst for intergenerational dialogue within congregations, perhaps used as a guide in a small group or class. There are some excellent discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

3 comments:

Larry said...

It is important for people of different generations to listen to each other

Anonymous said...

We had better listen to the young people. They are the leaders of the future.

Anonymous said...

BUT!! The younger need to learn from the wisdom of their elders. It is a 'give n take' situation.

Our pastor tried to pit the elders against the youth and vice-versa. Of course, it spelled disaster.