I'm a Gen X-er. Born between 1964 and 1980, my generation is sometimes referred to as the “neglected middle child,” falling between the older Baby Boomers and the burgeoning Millennials. Within the church world, I often find myself sitting between church leadership generations, and here's what I've come to understand.
One of the greatest tools a church has available to reach people for Christ is their actual, physical building. Here are three stories of churches that intentionally sought to create space within their buildings for the purpose of reaching people within their communities. Each story reflects a desire to leverage ministry space for the common good and use the church building for more than Sunday morning worship.
Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.
Millennials, born between 1984 and 2002, came into a world of rapid cultural change. In the video series, “Millennial Trends and the Church,” Roxanne Stone, vice president of publishing for Barna Group, discusses the seismic shifts that have radically affected the way Millennials view the world, and what the church can do to respond.
January 2016 marks the 12th anniversary for the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN). Aspen Group, an integrated design, build and furnish company devoted to creating space for ministry impact, co-founded CKN with Cogun, a former church design-build firm.
Church is one of the few places in America where all generations intersect at the same time for the same purpose—to experience God and grow in our faith. But children experience God differently than young adults. And young adults often sound like they’re speaking a foreign language to older adults. Communication across generational lines is a major barrier in all facets of American life, including at church.
Churches that minister to people with special needs and their families are discovering the double blessing of investing in this underserved population. Both the ones being served and the ones serving are blessed to share the love of Christ in the face of physical, mental, and emotional challenges. If you’re thinking about launching a special needs ministry, here are seven tips for integrating it effectively:
Every city has its own spiritual profile—a picture of its people’s religious views, attitudes and lifestyles. For church planters and multisite churches, understanding the faith practices of a city or state can provide meaningful data when determining the spiritual needs and background of a region.
Why do we need storytellers? What can the church learn from Hollywood storytelling? Justin Bell, Hollywood producer, seminarian, and former church worship program manager for Willow Creek Community Church-Dupage (Illinois), set the stage for Aspen Group’s 2015 Alignment Conference with this story:
Leaders move fast. Leaders get stuff done. Leaders solve problems and point the way. But leaders also often talk about solutions and moving in a new direction long before others even realize a problem exists.