I am in Pasadena, CA at Fuller Seminary for our second cohort gathering of Sticky Faith. There are churches of all flavors and from all kinds of places. It has been inspiring to hear how many church have taken bold steps, even lost some members for the sake of young people. As we return this time, we will implement more changes in our church and I’m pretty excited about the possibilities.
Here 6 thoughts that are marinating in my head;
1. There is a belief behind every behavior.
The reason why we do anything is guided by a belief, whether we know it or not. Collectively, a church can focus heavily on this cause and ignore another one all based on belief. What does my church really believe about children, teenagers and parents?
2. Common Language is vital.
Words like missional, reformed and even Sticky Faith can mean so many things that they end up meaning nothing. What do we mean when we use these words? What would it look like if the senior pastor, custodian, mother of 3 and high school senior all had a similar understanding of what it meant to be missional? or sticky?
3. A Middle School student has the brain of a child and the body of an adult.
How are we as a church taking this reality and making adjustments?
4.Obedience is a byproduct of trust. Obedience without trust is performance.
Have we shared good advice instead of the Good News?
5. Every statistic needs a story.
One of the most helpful little comments so far. A shocking statistic about young people leaving the faith can make your jaw drop. A statistic that has a story of a young person in your own congregation can propel action.
6. Multi-generational vs. Inter-generational-
Multi-generational is when 50-year-olds and teenagers are in the same space. Inter-generational is the same scenario, except they actually engage with one another.
7. ORBT- one key leader talked about his church having a yearly ORBT; One Really BIG Thing to emphasize each year. I love the idea of this, but in a church of our size I wonder if that would even be possible. Still chewing on this one.