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A TALE OF TWO TABLES
YOUNG
ADULTS:
DROPOUT
?
TECH
CHURCH
PASTORS
CONVERSIO
N
PARENTS
YM
CULTURE
BRAIN
Moralistic
Therapeutic
Deism
REVIEW
Our Conversion Story,
when we rightly understand it,
and rightly communicate it,
becomes the strategy God wants to ...
MAIN QUESTION
Does your church have a plan for making
disciples of its members?
Does it have a well-designed, well-
commun...
DISSUADED FROM DROPOUT?
(1) If you had a proven plan for your spiritual
growth to take place this next year?
(2) If the Bi...
ESSENTIAL MODEL
Simplify—develop a clear structure and process
for making disciples,
Deepen—provide strong, biblical teach...
GOD’S WILL FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
Deuteronomy 6
7 Impress them on your
children... Talk when
you sit…walk …lie
down …get ...
I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST
(1) The dropout problem is a naturally
inherited problem from our spiritual
grandparents.
(2) The ...
INTRO SUMMARY
There isn’t ONE factor when we research
the dropout problem or faith defection.
Problem: Young adults, after...
NOTE
The greatest influences
in young adult lives are
those of adults,
most specifically,
the parents.
YOUNG
ADULTS:
DROPOUT?
TECHNOLOGY
IDOLS
CHURCH
WARS:TRAD
VS.EMERG
WEAK
PASTORING
INCOMPLETE
CONVERSIONS
“FAKE”
CHRISTIAN
P...
A FRAMEWORK FOR
MINISTRY TO FAMILIES
A FRAMEWORK FOR
MINISTRY TO FAMILIES
YOUNG
ADULTS:
DROPOUT?
LACK
INTIMACY
CHURCH
ILLUSION
QUESTION
AUTHORITY
INCOMPLETE
HALFALIVE
STILLBORN
FUN-BASED
CULTURE
C...
Simplify
—the Church develops a clear structure
and process for making disciples
(1) Parental discipleship and training in...
FOR EVERY GRADE
The kids learn the Lord’s prayer and
explore what it means.
At the end of the lessons, kids recite the
prayer by memory.
During Sunday School students start to
learn the basic idea of the gospel.
Families work with their kids to
understand t...
Introduce a milestone that helps train parents and kids
about the importance of reading the Word of God.
At the beginning...
Parents and kids attend a special class that
teaches kids the meaning of communion.
Then at a special ceremony during
wo...
Kids learn the meaning of the “law” and
what the 10 Commandments are in the
context of a Sunday School class.
At the end...
Each family receives Luther’s Small
Catechism as kids start to learn the
meaning of their faith and what the
Apostle’s Cr...
Being raised in a Lutheran church, during
this time kids start to learn why Martin
Luther was important to our faith trad...
Each student receives a new Bible as they
enter Confirmation/Middle School
ministry
After the student has gone through the 2 years of our
Confirmation that trains them through scripture and
theological dis...
Placing each new high school teen into a
discipleship group that would last for the rest of
high school.
Offering a spiritual gifts class that would help
teens discern his or her S.H.A.P.E., how their
spiritual gifts, heart, n...
Building two spiritual retreats into the
year that encourage students to recharge
during their craziest year of high scho...
Creating a monthly class for seniors to help them
think through their spiritual life after high
school.
At the end of th...
FOR EVERY GRADE
See also "Milestones" by Brian Haynes,
http://www.onemag.org/milestones.htm
FOR EVERY GRADE
1 Transition Prayers; 2 Milestones of Faith; Teaching 4th graders to Risk; Rite of Passage
Rituals (here y...
DISSUADED FROM DROPOUT?
(1) If you had A PROVEN PLAN for your spiritual
growth to take place this next year?
(2) If the BI...
IDEAS TO END ON
1. The ALPHA Course (Intentional Jesus-Hospitality)
2. Tweaked BIBLE QUIZZING Program
3. OHIO CU Missions ...
http://growthministries.com/materials/
IDEAS TO END ON
1. The ALPHA Course (Intentional Jesus-Hospitality)
2. Tweaked BIBLE QUIZZING Program
3. All State Mission...
THANK YOU!
67kessler@gmail.com
nextgenkent.blogspot.com
@kentkessler
+kentkessler
slideshare.net/kkkessler
iamkentkessler
...
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Stemming The Tide of Faith Defection in Us All

  1. 1. A TALE OF TWO TABLES
  2. 2. YOUNG ADULTS: DROPOUT ? TECH CHURCH PASTORS CONVERSIO N PARENTS YM CULTURE BRAIN
  3. 3. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
  4. 4. REVIEW Our Conversion Story, when we rightly understand it, and rightly communicate it, becomes the strategy God wants to use to extend His kingdom. Acts 1:8!
  5. 5. MAIN QUESTION Does your church have a plan for making disciples of its members? Does it have a well-designed, well- communicated, intently pursued plan for making disciples?
  6. 6. DISSUADED FROM DROPOUT? (1) If you had a proven plan for your spiritual growth to take place this next year? (2) If the Bible was explained to you and taught behind the pulpit and in your small group? (3) If the people in your church were all deeply and seriously committed to your church body and to you? (4) If there was a vision matched by well thought out plans for reaching out to the community for the sake of Jesus Christ?
  7. 7. ESSENTIAL MODEL Simplify—develop a clear structure and process for making disciples, Deepen—provide strong, biblical teaching and preaching, Expectation—have an attitude that communicates to its members that they must be committed to the local congregation, and Multiply—have an outward focus and be driven to reach people for Christ (start new churches!)
  8. 8. GOD’S WILL FOR THE NEXT GENERATION Deuteronomy 6 7 Impress them on your children... Talk when you sit…walk …lie down …get up. Judges 1 …another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel Psalm 78:1-8 We will not hide the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done …so the next generation would know them…
  9. 9. I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST (1) The dropout problem is a naturally inherited problem from our spiritual grandparents. (2) The dropout problem is not just a youth problem, but an entire church problem. (3) Young adults might be leaving for good reasons. Be missionaries to our youth in their culture!
  10. 10. INTRO SUMMARY There isn’t ONE factor when we research the dropout problem or faith defection. Problem: Young adults, after graduating High School, are (1) not interested in keeping up the habit of attending church, (2) have much their spiritual energy fade, and (3) lack a faith that is consequential.
  11. 11. NOTE The greatest influences in young adult lives are those of adults, most specifically, the parents.
  12. 12. YOUNG ADULTS: DROPOUT? TECHNOLOGY IDOLS CHURCH WARS:TRAD VS.EMERG WEAK PASTORING INCOMPLETE CONVERSIONS “FAKE” CHRISTIAN PARENTS POORYM EXPERIENCE FAST-PACED CULTURE LATEBRAIN DEVELOP’T
  13. 13. A FRAMEWORK FOR MINISTRY TO FAMILIES
  14. 14. A FRAMEWORK FOR MINISTRY TO FAMILIES
  15. 15. YOUNG ADULTS: DROPOUT? LACK INTIMACY CHURCH ILLUSION QUESTION AUTHORITY INCOMPLETE HALFALIVE STILLBORN FUN-BASED CULTURE CAUGHT LATEBRAIN DEVELOP’T
  16. 16. Simplify —the Church develops a clear structure and process for making disciples (1) Parental discipleship and training in sharing their faith; Deepen —the Church provides strong biblical teaching and preaching (2) Providing intentional guided space and time for young people to claim the Name of Jesus Christ for themselves; Expect —the church has an attitude that communicates to its members that they must be committed to the local congregation (3) Structuring the entire local church’s vision of having “Eternal Life” as a “Family of God” identity and experience; the expectation is for you to be a disciple of Jesus! Multiply —the church has an outward focus, driven to reach people for Christ and starting new churches --(Rainer and Rainer 2008, 21) (4) Providing tools and training in spiritual warfare as “behind the wall” tactic for infiltration in our culture and being on the offensive for the Kingdom of God. IN SUMMARY
  17. 17. FOR EVERY GRADE
  18. 18. The kids learn the Lord’s prayer and explore what it means. At the end of the lessons, kids recite the prayer by memory.
  19. 19. During Sunday School students start to learn the basic idea of the gospel. Families work with their kids to understand this concept over dinner conversations designed by our Children’s Ministry team.
  20. 20. Introduce a milestone that helps train parents and kids about the importance of reading the Word of God. At the beginning of the year, parents attend a class on the importance of teaching and reading the Bible to their kids and helping their kids start to read their own Bibles. Then during the following Sunday service, families are brought forward and the parents are given Bibles by the pastors. The parents then hand the Bible to their own kids and make a promise in front of the church to teach them and read them the Word of God. Then throughout the school year, kids are encouraged to bring their Bibles to Sunday School so that they can learn how to read and learn from them.
  21. 21. Parents and kids attend a special class that teaches kids the meaning of communion. Then at a special ceremony during worship, parents serve their kids communion for the first time.
  22. 22. Kids learn the meaning of the “law” and what the 10 Commandments are in the context of a Sunday School class. At the end of the year, they recite the 10 commandments by memory.
  23. 23. Each family receives Luther’s Small Catechism as kids start to learn the meaning of their faith and what the Apostle’s Creed means with their families.
  24. 24. Being raised in a Lutheran church, during this time kids start to learn why Martin Luther was important to our faith tradition through special classes on Martin Luther.
  25. 25. Each student receives a new Bible as they enter Confirmation/Middle School ministry
  26. 26. After the student has gone through the 2 years of our Confirmation that trains them through scripture and theological discussion, they can be confirmed as members of the congregation. On the Saturday before Confirmation [Easter?] Sunday, families are invited to celebrate their teen’s faith milestone at a special banquet (Seder?) dinner. As a part of the banquet dinner, each teen is affirmed by their parent(s) in a public affirmation. Then on Sunday, the confirmands are confirmed in front of their church community and prayed over by pastors, family, friends, and the community.
  27. 27. Placing each new high school teen into a discipleship group that would last for the rest of high school.
  28. 28. Offering a spiritual gifts class that would help teens discern his or her S.H.A.P.E., how their spiritual gifts, heart, natural abilities, personality, and experience work together as God’s calling to serve. We then work to place each student in roles in our church serving alongside other adults in our community.
  29. 29. Building two spiritual retreats into the year that encourage students to recharge during their craziest year of high school, as well as help train them in deeper spiritual disciplines and prepare for their senior year and beyond.
  30. 30. Creating a monthly class for seniors to help them think through their spiritual life after high school. At the end of the year, students are asked to invite friends and family to a barbeque celebration honoring all seniors. During this time, seniors thank friends and family for helping them develop as a Christian, and seniors are invited to share the testimonies of their spiritual journeys. On the following Sunday, the church community commissions students into the next phase of their spiritual life in a special ceremony.
  31. 31. FOR EVERY GRADE See also "Milestones" by Brian Haynes, http://www.onemag.org/milestones.htm
  32. 32. FOR EVERY GRADE 1 Transition Prayers; 2 Milestones of Faith; Teaching 4th graders to Risk; Rite of Passage Rituals (here you go); 3 Anxiety in the In-Between Stages of Our Lives; 4 Sixth and Ninth-Grade Blessing Ceremonies; 5 What You Need to Know About Faith in College; 6 How Do I See Myself After Graduation?; 7 Vision Plans; 8 Grad Gift Bibles with a Twist; 9 The Jacket; 10 Emergency Response Plans; 11 How Can My Struggles Help My Faith Stick?; 12 Sticky Faith Story about Confirmation +this post about Confirmation, + this one with more ideas! 13 What You Need to Know about Life After Youth Group; 14 Sticky Faith Deployed; 15 Grad Summer Ideas; +senior retreat +church visit field trips; 16 How Can I Find a New Church?; 17 How Can I Manage My Life After High School? 18 Out of the Nest; 19 College Transition Packages; 20 Don’t Send Them Off Without Leads! - See more at: http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/articles/fyi-playlist-20-free-resources-for-transition- season#sthash.NAZLKFoc.dpuf
  33. 33. DISSUADED FROM DROPOUT? (1) If you had A PROVEN PLAN for your spiritual growth to take place this next year? (2) If the BIBLE was EXPLAINED TO YOU and taught behind the pulpit and in your small group? (3) If the people in your church were all DEEPLY and SERIOUSLY committed to your church body AND TO YOU? (4) If there was a vision matched by well thought out plans for REACHING OUT to the community for the sake of Jesus Christ?
  34. 34. IDEAS TO END ON 1. The ALPHA Course (Intentional Jesus-Hospitality) 2. Tweaked BIBLE QUIZZING Program 3. OHIO CU Missions Trips 4. Expected Discipleship Training Program in every church
  35. 35. http://growthministries.com/materials/
  36. 36. IDEAS TO END ON 1. The ALPHA Course (Intentional Jesus-Hospitality) 2. Tweaked BIBLE QUIZZING Program 3. All State Missions Trips 4. Expected Discipleship Training Program in every church 5. Rolling Youth Church Camp 6. All Church Rites of Passage (as seen) 7. Youth Mentor 5:1 Catechism/Bar Barakah/PTP 8. Bible Story: Paint My Kitchen Ministry http://7weekgospel10.weebly.com
  37. 37. THANK YOU! 67kessler@gmail.com nextgenkent.blogspot.com @kentkessler +kentkessler slideshare.net/kkkessler iamkentkessler /in/kentkessler http://7weekgospel10.weebly.com

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