Once again, another challenging read from Kenda Creasy-Dean. Whilst set firmly in the American church setting, there are many parallels and similarities with the UK church. Youthworkers will enjoy the challenges set, better still if church leaders were to grasp some of the issues and pro-actively engage.
There are more capable people who will no doubt review the book – over to you Ian – but its greatest challenge is not for teenagers but for adults and the ways in which they relate to teenagers. In 3 words – “reclaim the story”. Once this is done, a more meaningful faith will develop and then be cultivated.
My excuse for holding back is the imminent book launch “The Faith of Generation Y” (Mayo, Mayo, Nash, Cocksworth) which has also done significant research over the last 5-6 years – it also will talk about “the story”. The 2 books together may be a very useful challenge to Christian youthworkers as they reflect and adapt to the world around them.
Will offer more thoughts after reading that.