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Belief without Borders , Inside the Minds of the, Spiritual but not Religious. By Linda A Mercadante, Oxford Oxford University Press . Recommended by Project Advisor , Dr Helen Jin Kim, Project Beginning a new connection. with Young Adults in our church , The Interviewees Generations. The Greatest Generation 1901 1924 , Generation of joiners and rebuilders .
The backbone of the churches, Hesitant to reveal any dissatisfaction with. organized religion , Some may not believe in God but still carry. on the activities of the church for, community s sake and because it s what. The Silent Generation 1925 1945 , Raised in a time when religious affiliation. was primary to one s identity , Rule followers Went to church because.
they were supposed to , Some became bored with religion but gave. in to the teachings Not emotionally, attached to religious teachings . The Interviewees Generations, The Baby Boomers 1946 1964 . 1 3 of the total group of volunteers, Raised in religious organizations . Some remembered it fondly to others it, meant nothing but a show for the previous.
generation , To some it was awkward filled with code. Open to learning about other religions, media news from around the world . Gen X Born 1965 1981 , No more Blue Laws , Many had Baby Boomer parents who didn t. want to impose religion on their children , Less than half had religious upbringing. More of an openness to world religions and, mixed religions no denomination loyalty.
Religiously confused so abstain from all , Some had no family exposure to religion. The Interviewees Generations, Millennials Born after 1981 . Greater had divorced parents, Many never exposed to religion. Some had holiday attendance , Believe or practice as they wish or not. Openness to alternative spirituality , blending more traditional practices with.
yoga meditation interfaith practices, Many struggle with theodicy problem . Where was God when Why does evil, exist Proving God . Some have religious heritage but no, Many turn to alternative lifestyles as an. ethical decision such as, veganism vegetarianism standing up for. animal rights environmentalism and social, change human rights as the focus of their.
energy and belief in a social cause larger, than themselves . The Interviewees Generations, Gen Z Born after 2001 . Do not remember 9 11 2001 for themselves , Most come from divorced or blended families. so they are less likely to marry but many have, long lasting relationships. Visual and Aural learners most have always. had some kind of technological device in their, Learn best by watching videos on Youtube.
Ted Talks , Same general beliefs as Millennials, Many never exposed to religion. Believe or practice as they wish or not, Look at practices of yoga and meditation. for health benefits rather than spiritual , Many turn to alternative lifestyles as an. ethical decision such as, veganism vegetarianism animal rights . environmentalism and social change, human rights for physical or health.
benefits In general not as dogmatic, about this as Millennials . Why is Knowing the Generations Important , To connect with someone you need to know how they. If you re going to try to connect with Gen Z ers and you. aren t planning to use technology you should rethink. your plan , To connect with someone you need to know what s. important to them , If you re going to try to connect with Millennials and you. don t plan some kind of social action piece you re going. to miss the mark , To connect with someone you need to know their.
generation s past with religion , If you re going to try to connect with Baby Boomers and. you expect them to be joiners or sign contracts think. The Interviewees Types, Across generational lines 5 types of similarities. Dissenters, Stay away from organized religion , mostly for theological reasons . Protesting Dissenters have, been hurt or offended about an. experience or aspect, Drifted Dissenters drift away.
and never return , Conscientous Objector, Dissenters suspicious overall. about religion, The Interviewees Types, Across generational lines 5 types of similarities. Casuals, Engage in spiritual practices to help, them feel better have better. health and are focused on personal, well being , Create generic spiritual. disciplines such as yoga tai chi , meditation etc .
Engage in 12 step programs for, addiction management and spiritual. guidance and discipline , The Interviewees Types, Across generational lines 5 types of similarities. Explorers, seem to have a spiritual, wanderlust 58 . enjoy the spiritual journey but do, not want to settle anywhere . Go from one good feeling to the, next touring rather than looking for.
spiritual practices , Willing to mix beliefs techniques . practices from many, cultures religions spiritual, practices syncretic. The Interviewees Types, Across generational lines 5 types of similarities. Seekers, Looking for a spiritual home a place to. Seekers more common with people who, have had positive past religious.
experiences , Look for believable beliefs trustworthy. group rituals that consistently provide, liminality 60 . Taking bits and pieces of beliefs to, construct a spiritual reality and path very. salad bar very a la carte Smorgasboard , Some seekers continually seek others land . if only for a short time , Have a quiet longing to commune with.
something Ultimate starting in childhood, and continuing into adulthood 65 . The Interviewees Types, Across generational lines 5 types of similarities. Immigrants, Have moved to a new spiritual place, and are adjusting to a new identity. and community , Try on new identities but are not. fully at home there, Not prevalent among any one, generation.
Find adopting a new religion, difficult because they have an. inherent SBNR ethos they don t, affiliate or commit . The Interviewees Types, Some Commonalities across Types . Often a crisis gets their attention, Often there is much experimentation. for what feels right , This group or these practices do not.
last long , Beliefs play a part of their moving on. either they found the beliefs, unbelievable or found that members. were not living up to them , To connect with someone you need to k. their attitudes toward Religion , Dissenters Casuals Explorers Seek. Immigrants all have different attitu, things Know your audience .
their patterns of behavior , For example seekers are constantl. will not land for long in your court , personally . what drives them to action , Watch for crises in the world and co. generation based on what s import, Questions , Status of Many District Churches. What s most Compelling , What do you want People to Experience or Become .
What Does a Win Look Like, Need to invite and retain new people struggle to see a future 1 . 3 5 years out , 2 3 missing generations inability to replace lost people who. used to be engaged and or moved etc , The 3D Journey is a process for church transition The first. step begins with helping the church s rediscover its values in. order to DREAM of a vision for the future The next step is to. DISCERN the church s engagement through assessing its. strengths and the community needs The final step is to. DEVELOP healthy systems to help the church make a positive. community impact , The outside world is constantly changing But the. church is slow in making the internal transition to. respond to the outside culture that is changing , When the church is slow to make the transition the church.
becomes stuck in two ways , 1 Church is held captive and continues to live in the past. can t let go , 2 Church starts transition but stops it for various reasons. nostalgia , Reasons can be due to key deaths loss of members and or financial struggles. GETTING UNSTUCK BEGINS WITH A, VALUES VISION The Church Needs To Discover. It s Why Values In Order To DREAM About, Where God Is Leading The Church Vision .
GETTING UNSTUCK, moving from Lower Room to Upper Room . Lower Room Focuses on Doing Church, The lower room is where people come and encounter all. the stuff of church life Churches often get stuck in this. room and people believe that it s the only room . Place the church facility, Personality pastors and staff. Programs events services groups and classes, People relationships of familiarity and comfort. See Acts 1 2 8 2 1 4, GETTING UNSTUCK, moving from Lower Room to Upper Room .
Upper Room Starts with Values and Moves to Vision. The upper room is where leaders serve through a vision that. builds a deeper connection and sense of identity with the. church It s where the congregation can rediscover and. communicate it unique identity as a church , 5 Questions. Why do we do what we do , How do we live out our why . What are we doing , See Acts 1 2 8 2 1 4, When are we successful . Where is God taking us , Start with Why to move to Where. Values Answers why we do what we do values , Sample of Values Starbucks .
Creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is. Acting with courage challenging the status quo . Being present connecting with transparency dignity and respect . Delivering our very best in all we do holding ourselves accountable. for results , We are performance driven through the lens of humanity . Start with Why to move to Where, Vision Answers where is God taking us vision future picture . Sample of Vision Asbury UMC Raleigh NC , Engaging people in relationships where Christ transforms . In the next five years every person who calls our church home will. be linking arms in difference making relationships We will focus. efforts on two needs hunger and education in the three. concentric circle ministry areas , Values Vision the church needs to discover it s why values to dream about where vision God is leading the. Honoring God, reflecting God s love through actions.
why we do what we do values , WHY Engaging Relationships. putting people before programs, Inspiring Others, sharing our faith stories of connecting to something bigger. Changing Lives, how do we accomplish our investing in our communities one person at a time. HOW mission strategy , Vision Engagement Systems, Church Culture Assessing Church Church. Community Health, Equipping churches to imagine new ways of connecting people with.
WHAT what are we doing mission , Risk taking to Pastors Laity Leaders. when are w successful Reach New Leading Saying Yes. WHEN measures People by Listening to Vision , so that churches so that people are Mission. become relevant connected through so that, and influential relationships churches are. healthy and, where is God taking us vision Cultivating 500 leaders to reach 5 000 new people to create a. WHERE future picutre better future for East Metro Atlanta. 2018 Quincy Brown All Rights Reserved, WHAT Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the.
what are we doing mission , Transformation of the World. HOW Works of Piety and Works of Mercy, how do we accomplish our. mission strategy , WHEN Prayer Presence Gifts Service and Witness. when are we, successful , measures , WHY Do No Harm Do Good Stay in Love with God. why we do what we do , WHERE Spreading scriptural and social holiness.
where is God taking, us vision future, 2018 Quincy Brown All Rights Reserved. VALUES VISION The church needs to discover its why VALUES to dream about where God is leading. the church VISION , why we do what we do values , how do we accomplish our. HOW mission strategy , WHAT what are we doing mission . when are w successful , WHEN measures , where is God taking us vision. WHERE future picture , 2018 Quincy Brown All Rights Reserved.
*See Acts 1:2-8, 2:1-4 Upper Room – Starts with Values and Moves to Vision The upper room is where leaders serve through a vision that builds a deeper connection and sense of identity with the church.

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