Item description for The Last Christian Generation by Josh McDowell...
Overview The research on the current generation of young people reveals an alarming fact: they have redefined what it means to be Christian. The majority of our churched young people do not believe Christ is the Son of God, do not believe the Holy Spirit is a real entity, and think ?doing good? earns them a place in heaven. And just as disturbing is the fact that their attitudes and behavior are virtually no different than those of non-Christians.
In this defining message of his 40 years of ministry, Josh McDowell strikes at the heart of the problem and offers a clear solution. ?We must bring this new generation face to face with who Christ really is,? Josh explains. ?They know the facts, but they don?t know Him. They are believing distorted views of Christianity. This means we must first model Christlikeness to them and then continually lead them through a basic spiritual formation process that sets them on a solid foundation for building a life that is authentically Christian.?
The Last Christian Generation documents the urgency of the crisis but also provides a fresh revelation of the heart of God through seven lifelong responses of a true follower of Christ ? a definitive ?Christianity 101.? Josh makes a ground-breaking case for the need to move from program-driven to process-driven ministry. Reintroduce the real and relevant Christ to your young people, lead them through the process of Christlikeness and you may very well ignite a spiritual revolution for an entire generation.
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Studio: Green Key Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2006
Publisher GREEN KEY BOOKS #815
ISBN 1932587667 ISBN13 9781932587661
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More About Josh McDowell
An internationally known speaker and author. He is most often connected with Campus Crusade for Christ - having spoken to more than ten million people in at least 84 countries and 700 university & college campuses.
Josh McDowell currently resides in Julian Dallas, in the state of California.
Josh McDowell has published or released items in the following series...
Coffee House Chronicles
Helping Friends Who Struggle Through Life's Toughest Issues
Reviews - What do customers think about The Last Christian Generation?
very informative May 20, 2008
This book really opens your eyes to what our Youth are facing today and what their idea of God is. McDowell challenges us to revolutionize the way we do youth ministry. Everyone who is involved with youth ministry should read this book!
unfortunately, this was our book club pick Apr 28, 2008
This book was chosen for our church book club. I was not impressed at all. I have a hard time with people who feel they have the authority to judge who is a "true Chrstian" and who isn't. 25 years ago, when I was in my church youth group, the same questions arose as they do now. The fact alone that we all went to church at all was pretty darn good! How does one expect teens to have all of the answers? I felt as if Mr McDowell expects the youth today to have a deep and total understanding of their faith. I would bet that not even most adults have that understanding! Teens are at a place in their lives where they do alot of questioning and testing. It's a part of normal growth and development.
Also, the same material is repeated time and time again. As said in a previous review, it seemed like one big ad to sell his youth products available online.
Interesting facts, but ... Feb 23, 2007
This book had some interesting statistics, and I'm glad I read it for those, but McDowell's writing style isn't great and I think his editor was asleep at the wheel (subject/verb agreement!). The last half was basically an advertisement for McDowell's teen devo curriculum. McDowell does a good job of laying out the crisis, but the only solution he offers is his own curriculum.
He also repeated himself as if trying to make a certain word count.
I expected a lot from this book, and I was disappointed.
The Last Christian Generation Jan 12, 2007
Very good book, full of statistics & good ideas on how to communicate with the younger generation.
This is my vision for my youth group... and church! Jul 17, 2006
I am a youth pastor in Wichita, KS. My church hired me for several reasons, one of them being an expectation that I might help them solve the problem with their youth; the problem that after they graduate high school they tend to leave the church for good. Through prayer and a year of getting to know my students and their families, I determined that what they needed the most was not me but the role modeling, wisdom, and acceptance, of old saints. My next problem was that many of the old saints in my church seem to think they have retired from Christian service (where's that in the Bible?) and are not approving of our teens; in fact, they seem to even fear/resent the teens. On top of that, I am up against an American, traditional expectation that this type of role modeling is to be accomplished by the youth pastor and no one else: a misnomer. How could I recruit my old people to be role models of solid faith under these conditions?
Attempting to inspire a traditional group of people 2 and 3 times my age has been tricky. My problem here was that none of the ways I came up with was striking a nerve. I discovered that the authors or authorities I would cite in my presentations were either unknown to the elderly people or untrusted, producing less than desirable reaction from among my audiences... not to mention I'm relatively young and from a California surf town... what do I know? So I began looking for a known, trusted author who was addressing my issue. When I found this book, I discovered a way to introduce the concept of inter-generational ministry to our old folks that would be trusted, accepted, listened to, and hopefully acted upon. The elders of my church (4 of 6 have well grayed hair :-D) have responded very well so far and have given me the green light to present this concept to the older congregants a little at a time. This is tremendous because it has the potential to completely change the culture of our church. I have my first meeting with about a dozen folks aged 60 to 90 tomorrow evening.
Josh McDowell is well trusted among Middle American churches, understands teens, and can relate to his own peer group (older folks) quite well. His book clearly communicates the urgent need to rethink church as we know it, and to start setting aside some of the traditional ideas about education and authoritative roles in conservative, American churches. There is no better representative, of teens to elderly, that is writing on this topic. This book has already begun to catalyze the paradigm shift I have been praying for in my church; praise Jesus! I hope you find it as useful to you.