I found this post on the ELCA Facebook page and wanted to share it. I think many of our youth fall within this Generation. In order to understand the future of the church, we have to look at the younger generations see the world.
The really crazy part about this group though, is that it transcends the traditional age groups. People from all ages and walks of life fall into this group. SO we cannot just look at this group and ask how will it affect the church in 5, 10 or 20 years. Instead we have to look at how this impacts the church TODAY. With so many unchurched people of all ages, insights into Gen F helps reach broad spectrum of people.
This article stirred up some questions for me:
1) Does our developed Lutheran doctrine scare away this group that sees all ideas as equal? Or is it balanced by our Lutheran embrace of questioning and searching for answers instead of blind adherence?
2) Do we need to stress 'a priesthood of all believers' to a group that seeks leaders who serve, not preside and a hierarchy that is natural instead of prescribed?
3) Does the stereotypical view of organized church misrepresent Lutheranism which embraces many of the key tenants of Gen F?
I think the Lutheran church is an amazing fit for this group of people. I just think we are failing at putting
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