Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50 is a free e-book, edited by David J. Lose, that features short essays from 54 Christian leaders in 15 different traditions. The authors are guided by the conviction that congregations are the primary place where the Spirit is at work for the renewal of the church. Pick one or read them all—and revitalize your congregation. Download it here.
My essay, “Making Space for Questions” is excerpted there:
A significant part of my job consists of taking young adults to lunch, to cafés, or perhaps to enjoy a happy-hour special at the bar. Usually these 20/30-somethings are not members of a particular faith community, so I listen very carefully to what they say about their values, faith, and views of the church.
Nearly all the young adults I meet tell me they wish they had a place to consider the questions they have about faith and life. Contrary to popular opinion, the young adults I encounter would love to find a supportive community in which to ask faith-related questions. But, from their perspective, many churches aren’t actually open to their questions. With this in mind, my idea for the church is that congregations make space for open and welcoming consideration of all people’s faith-related questions….
It’s so easy for congregations to get stuck, and feel as if they’re alone in their stuckness. This free book (did I say it was free?) is perfect for leaders, pastors, committee members, and all change agents to consider ideas that are working elsewhere and renew their ministry. I haven’t yet read through all the essays because I’m savoring them slowly. Even so, after flipping (or clicking) through the whole book, I can attest: it’s a must-read and a true gift to the church. Download Renew 52 today!