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A Generational Shift

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Take time to prayerfully consider ways to reach and release the young people in your life.

In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. (Acts 2:17, NIV)

Lately, we’ve been having conversations with our kids, staff and friends regarding a "generational shift" that seems to be happening before our eyes. It's taken us some time to actually recognize it, but as we’ve observed the cultural and spiritual landscape of churches around the world, it’s evident that a generational shift has been in the works for some time.

We first felt this shift nearly nine years ago, when the Lord led us to make some dramatic changes in our church to be more effective at "reaching" out to the younger generations. At that time, the shift included many changes in our methods of doing ministry. We made some mistakes along the way, but at the end of the day the shifts we made enabled us to reach more kids and young people for Christ! It's been pretty exciting. After all, how can we not be thrilled when we see middle school and high school students, college kids and twenty-somethings passionately pursuing God, worshipping Him without restraint, and spontaneously reaching out to people around them with the Gospel. It’s humbling, inspiring and amazing!

Now many of those "kids" are in their late teens and twenties, and we sense another "generational shift" on our horizon. This time our focus is on "releasing" the young people in our church to take their place in areas of ministry where God’s anointing is evident. We are prayerfully looking at our "sons and daughters" in the church, to identify those whom God has touched, and to encourage them to step into areas of service that were previously reserved for older Christians.

Interestingly, some people call this concept "Reverse Mentoring" – where the older generation takes time to learn from the younger generation, while at the same time providing the needed bumpers of wisdom, experience and discernment to help them navigate the waters. We are not sure how it will all play out in our church, but we have a fresh excitement in our spirit as we seek the Lord on all the details for the "generational shift" at hand.

How about you? Has the Lord been working in your heart or ministry along these lines? Have you recognized the Lord’s hand upon your own kids or the young people in your world? Today, why not take some time to prayerfully consider ways to reach and release the young people in your life.

Say It: “Father, thank You for what You are doing in the lives of the “sons and daughters” around me and thank You for pouring out Your Spirit on my own kids. Help me to recognize what You are up to and help me to reach and release the young people in my sphere of influence. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

 

 

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