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  1. says:

    Of all the books I have read in 2019 this one has probably impacted me the most My mind is informed my heart is enflamed and I am ready to make some changes in my life personally Grateful for this read

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    This is a must read for anyone working in Christian ministry today

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    Summary The results of a Barna study identifying five defining characteristics of resilient young Christians who continue to pursue Christ in our generationDavid Kinnaman has been studying youth culture for some time especially trying to understand the reasons many young people are leaving the church detailed in his book You Lost Me reviewed here several years ago This book is different Based as were his previous books on Barna research he and his co author Mark Matlock look at five key practices that help account for a resilient Christian faith amid what they call digital Babylon in which are youth are often discipled far on their screens than in their churchesThe book walks through each of these five practices and the survey data that distinguishes resilients from prodigalsex Christians nomads who are unchurched and habitual church goers These practices are1 To form a resilient identity experience intimacy with Jesus Resilients clearly identify as Christian consider Christ central experience intimacy with God and talk with Jesus2 In a complex and anxious age develop the muscles of cultural discernment They learn wisdom for living faithfully with those who differ stewarding their sexuality and their money The Bible serves as an anchor for that wisdom and resilients spend far time digesting Christian content3 When isolation and mistrust are the norms forge meaningful intergenerational relationships Resilients connect meaningfully to a local congregation and have strong relationships with adults one and two generations ahead of them especially those who genuinely care for them without ulterior motives4 To ground and motivate an ambitious generation train for vocational discipleship Resilients are euipped with a robust theology of work and calling and engaged Christianly in their workplaces There is no sacred secular divide and Christians are supported and euipped for workplace discipleship5 Curb entitlement and self centered tendencies by engaging in countercultural mission Resilients have a strong sense of mission worked out in countercultural practice in their lives They live as exiles in Babylon discerningly seeking the peace and prosperity of the city Life is about the big thing God is up to in the world and not one's personal fulfillmentThe book both explores the practices of churches that have euipped resilients including a special section on mentoring and tells stories of many Millennials and Generation Z youth who are living the resilient life outlined in these pages The book strikes the right combination of stories and statistics empirically grounding and personally elaborating its conclusions This is not the book to provide fodder for intergenerational criticism but rather one that offers hope for what God is doing in the rising generation and wisdom for those in preceding generations who want to bless mentor and release these resilient disciplesDisclosure of Material Connection I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher The opinions I have expressed are my own

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    The Barna Group research previously found that young Christians are avoiding Christianity and leaving the church Rather than concentrating this time on those leaving the church they focused on young Christians who remained vibrant in their faith Kinnaman and Matlock have distilled their research down to five guidelines for passing on a lasting faith in a culture hostile to Christianity It was no surprise to me that the first guideline is having a transformational experience with Jesus and establishing a meaningful relationship with Him Other guidelines include training in cultural discernment meaningful intergenerational relationships vocational discipleship and countercultural mission There is a need for young people to know how to think Christianly develop a Christian worldview have meaningful relationships and be discerning in this pluralistic cultureThis is a book every youth pastor would do well to read and probably all parents The authors' writing style is a bit academic in nature but the material the book contains is worth the effortI appreciate how they draw our attention to the current culture A generation ago the Bible was still recognized as an authority for truth and morality It is no longer a prominent authority and Christian faith has been pushed to the margins They describe the current culture as a “digital Babylon” Just about anything we want whether information advice or entertainment is readily available Maintaining a vibrant Christian faith in such a new environment is a challengeWe are in an era when we can no longer do church and youth discipleship the way we've been doing it for decades Reading this book will give church leaders insight into a strategy to pass on a vibrant faith to young peopleI received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher My comments are an independent and honest review

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    Using the sound research typically produced through The Barna Group David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock explore how millennials understand and live out their faith Their previous book You Lost Me considered those millennials who have left the faith and how the church should approach this reality In Faith For Exiles Kinnaman and Matlock explore the opposite reality While many millennials have left their faith in Christ many still remain and they are living out their faith in positive and healthy ways The church needs to consider the five areas of faith expressed throughout this book learn from faithful millennials and discover how faith is relevant for this generation This young generation has much to teach the increasing aged church in the USA The five areas of vitality in the faith of millennials are intimacy with Jesus having muscles of cultural discernment forging meaningful intergenerational relationships training for vocational discipleship living out the Christian faith in the workplace and engaging in countercultural mission All of these principles are Biblical sound The church should sit up and notice faithful millennials and truly consider how they challenge the church to live faithfully for Christ I received this book as part of Baker Book Group's Blogging Program

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    I disagree with the authors theologically I would have worded many of the research uestions differently I’m not entirely on board with the wording of their definition of discipleship though resilient faith sounds good My “worldview” simply doesn’t match theirs And I flat out disagree with their assumption that part of making disciples is teaching them what to think All that said I find common ground with the authors around most of their 5 practices especially 1 3 and 4 I deeply appreciate their research based methodology and the distinction they draw between habitual church attenders and resilient faithful disciples I appreciate their bluntness in pointing out that we must become resilient disciples if we hope to make them I find hope in the statistic that 10% of young Christians are resilient disciples Serious discipleship never was attractive to everyone I would be curious to know what percentage of Boomers or Gen X a generation the authors stubbornly refuse to acknowledge throughout the book would ualify as resilient disciples And I agree that we church leaders must do better at learning with and from Millennials and Gen Z rather than dismissing or criticizing them

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    A book written about young people that's filled with hopeWe need books like this This is my 2nd Kinnaman book Good Faith 1st and I'm grateful for his work in research with Barna He exegetes his research and synthesizes it into creative instruction for the church Faith for Exiles gives 5 ways that churches should care for the young people in their churches As a college pastor this was thought provoking He gave a simple formulaHopeRealismResilience This formula and the 5 insights into how to disciple young people into resilient Christians were fantastic I can see those 5 points as clear goals for the students I work with I'm refreshed in my desire to see people change and hopeful that God can move among young people

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    This is a book the church needs in this generation It is exceptionally prophetic filled with wisdom and research It shines light to where our generation struggles with discipleship and what will happen if there is no change It gives incredible research and practical steps that have the potential to change ministry programs and entire churches Get ready to take notes You will want to write this stuff down

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    This is an excellent combination of pastoral theology strategic planning and statistical data Altogether guiding a really needed and helpful discussion on how we as followers of Jesus continue in resiliency in a culture where we are becoming and exiles in a land not our own I'd highly recommend this to anyone who is caring spiritually for people in this current cultural climate especially to youth and young adults pastors who are forming models of ministry

  10. says:

    Just super helpful Helpful for lead pastors helpful for church eldership helpful for youth and young adult leaders helpful for parents Helpful for anyone who wants to resiliently follow Jesus for the long haul in this Digital Babylon and help others to do the same I will reference this book for a long time So good

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An and Matlock show readers that God has not given up on the American church In fact the church is needed now than everPastors youth ministers and concerned culture watchers will find the hope they've been looking for as they navigate a rapidly changing increasingly alien culture alongside young faithful thriving Christians exiled in digital Babyl. A book written abou