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In Real Time

Authentic Young Adult Ministry as It Happens
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Research shows that churches are seeing a dramatic decrease in the membership of 18 to 34 year-olds. One major cause traces back to when the gospel was watered down to a non-confrontational level for baby boomers, resulting in a generation that proclaimed faith without changing its lifestyle. Now many among that generation’s children feel less endeared to the church if not suspicious of its worth considering their parents’ conflicting beliefs and actions.

As the need for relevant young adult ministry programs increases, the best example of a successful one in action today is Kairos, a weekly worship gathering of more than one thousand young single and married people in Nashville. Real Time tells the story of how this ministry unfolded, and its overriding message is one that churches everywhere can take to heart and apply.

“Young adults are serious about life. They want basic and straight,” writes Kairos pastor Mike Glenn. “In the church, we have thought people were bored with the basic message, but in fact, they have never heard the gospel at all.”

about the authors

Mike Glenn is the senior pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church just outside Nashville, Tennessee, where he also leads Kairos, a popular weekly worship gathering of young adults. He holds degrees from the University of Alabama (B.A.) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min.).

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Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. Also a respected pastor and researcher, he has written more than twenty books and coauthored the No. 1 best sellers Simple Church and I Am a Church Member. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, several grandchildren, and live in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit ThomRainer.com to learn more.

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details

  • isbn: 9780805446944
  • status: Active
  • season: Winter 2009
  • publish date: 04/01/2009
  • pages: 192
  • carton quantity: 36