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Great stuff from Dr. Rainer on Millennials in ministry.
Over the past few decades, the seeker-sensitive movement, and before that the church growth movement, taught us much about the importance of contextualization in the church.
The strengths of these movements included a relentless evangelistic focus and a willingness to question status quo methodology and some extra-biblical traditions. On the other hand, their weaknesses were exposed as well. There was a tendency by some to downplay the importance of biblical truths and theological education. The practical sometimes overshadowed the theological.
In recent years, however, I have noticed a remarkable—and welcomed—return by younger leaders to the fundamentals of the faith, basic theological education, and the deepening of doctrinal roots.
New research released today by my employer on how Americans view gay marriage.
Americans who say they have gay or lesbian friends are twice as likely to say gay marriage should be legal.
Fewer than half of Americans say homosexuality is sinful.
And evangelicals are increasingly at odds with American culture over same-sex relationships.
Those are among the findings of a phone survey of 2,000 Americans about gay marriage from Nashville-based Lifeway Research. Researchers found that friendship and faith play an influential role in how Americans view gay marriage.
“When it comes to support for gay marriage, a lot of it depends on who you know,” says Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research. “Those who say they have gay or lesbian friends are the most open to gay marriage. Also, regardless of friends, evangelicals are more likely to consider homosexual behavior sinful.”
I really don’t know what to think about this article. I think Dean makes great points, especially at the end, but I think the sweeping generalities he makes about the spoiled nature of Millennials is perhaps a bit much.
Also, when Dean addresses the fact that Millennials want to enjoy their work and that they try to find jobs in areas they enjoy, he says that few people get that privilege, implying that to want such a job is perhaps being “picky” pointing back to the spoiled nature of the generation.
What I see in this piece is a high value placed on our fathers and grandfathers who got their hands dirty, played the hand they were dealt, and didn’t care whether or not they enjoyed their job, as if somehow all of that is more valuable than someone looking for a job they like, changing the hand they’re dealt, and trying to enjoy every part of life, including work.
That’s cool because it makes you sound manly and stuff, but I don’t think there’s any less value in the latter than in the former, unless you’re whiny about it (which is where Dean and I would agree Millennials are struggling).
Anyway, it’s worth reading to get the perspective.
Have you noticed that a common claim among the millennial generation is that many of them are “burned out”? Blog posts are popping up everywhere voicing concerns over burnout and giving people various ways to avoid this feared state. While being burned out is certainly not something we should desire for ourselves or others, I’m confused by this generation’s serious focus on this subject.
I never, ever heard my dad or grandfather claim they were “burned out” by their jobs, responsibilities or commitments, which were numerous. I’m not even certain they would know what burnout means. They had families to support, bills to pay, a job that required they show up on time and leave at a certain time, and came home to have dinner with their families by 6:00 p.m.