Dave Solmes: MC
Reverse Mentoring: older learning from the younger, younger has a a lot to teach
What are some of the generation gaps? How do we bridge them?
Andrea: We have a lot to learn from our families and homes, we learn a lot from our children. It can be intimidating, because we look at age gaps, “ What do they have to teach me their so young?”
When you let the younger generation teach you their needs rather than find them, you will meet their needs more specifically. Intimidation plays a very large role, once people become vulnerable and relationships can be built.
Jeremy you did some hiring of very young leaders, why? Our lead pastor believes in raising up young pastors/leaders within the church, relationships are already built, credibility is already there because of their time spent there. We know we have the right people and we shuffle them around to find the right intentional spot for them.
Caroline and Andrea, how do equip parents to be spiritual leaders? (twitter question)
Caroline: We need to instill listening to the voice of God, children listen to the voice of God by pictures. It’s not a program, or just at night time, but all the time Jesus is with you and his spirit is with you. Children need to create their own faith not their parents faith.
Andrea: we need to let our children walk the journey of faith with us
Is there specific differences between younger generation and older generation?
Dave : the young is unsatisfied with not seeing things lived out, this generation needs to see people walking out what they are speaking
What voice do you believe next gen needs to hear?
Jeremy: We need to have opportunities to actually lead, to have responsibility. Sometimes the ball gets dropped between passing off to the next generations, they just pass on responsibilities but keep authority. Young generation wants authority but not responsibility ( laughter) But we need to give both.
Dave with your book….Do you think young people leave church because they don’t have the opportunity to speak their “voice”?
An 18 year is leading in their youth group and goes to a new level in the church where they “just sit there” they don’t feel purpose. There don’t feel there is any value for them being there.
How do we make room for this voice? Give meaningful responsibility to this younger generation, invite people to walk with the older generation, authority is transfered through mother daughter and father son mentorship
Ben you work with youth pastors/ leaders, do you think they transition a little early because they don’t have a voice or opportunities to express themselves fully? is it a reality? how do we avoid it?
It is so important for our churches to not be an organization but rather a family. There needs to be culture of relational leadership in our churches. I often hear from Next Generations leaders “ I feel isolated and at arms length from my lead pastor”
There needs to be room for growth, Next gen leaders need to also stick it out when it is tough, “We need to create an environment of multiplying disciples and leaders” God will open up opportunities but we need to be faithful to the call when it is tough.
How many youth pastors do we have in our district? approx. 135
Andrea you’ve made room for your youth in your music ministry why have you done this?
You should mentor where your passion is, We need to be inclusive but walk with them through failures working towards perfection.
Jeremy: We need to Invite the younger generation to add to what we think about church and ministries, music, media.
Should we prepare for a different product, when we give away leadership to younger generation? ( twitter question)
Ben: As the church we need to recognize that God has given them opportunity, they are very important in this generation as well as the next generation. We need prophetic leaders to be the head and not the tail. Older generation give open space to fail and grow.
Caroline: We can also see reverse mentoring with children children can teach us generosity. The holy spirit that is poured into a child is poured into any adult, it is the same power, for visions, dreams, just the expressions can be very different!
Through the years we have corrected children but not changed the heart, clean on the outside not on the inside. We need to transform and renew an everyday experience with God.
Dave is preaching still the best way to reach youth? It’s a powerful way to reach youth. Styles may change ( skype failed ha) But preaching is still working! There is creative ways to speak but when it comes down to it we need to directly present the gospel because people need to hear it.
Ben: Preaching to youth must be in their language, we must become a people who speak a language that people can understand, we must be “Pentecostal”; speaking languages in the power of the Spirit, that people understand.
Andrea- Testimony is the most impacting to the next generation.
What is the spirit of the Lord empowering this generation?
Ben: They need to be prophetic
Jeremy: This generation needs to know their bible well, and be relevant to their generation. We need to be creative, it’s who we are made to be.
Caroline: Families need to come together, parents need to primary spiritual leaders to children. Parents need to be equipped by the church, it will bring strong children and prophetic children. We need to encourage, it is the door way to prophetic. Be the best cheerer!
Andrea: I believe this generation needs to be super natural parents. We need to be prophetic, we need to tell the younger generation who they are going to be.
Dave: I believe we’re going to be a church that returns to simpler things. Discipleship is going to be huge. But God is raising up a generation that is going to speak to our nation.