Pope Francis to Teenagers

Pope Francis and the first 'Papal selfie' Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica

A photo of the Pope posing with young fans at the Vatican has gone viral on social media, with gleeful reports that it was the first ever “Papal selfie”.

The informal picture was taken on a smartphone belonging to one of the youngsters, with the camera held at arm’s length. It was then posted on social media.

Around 500 teenagers had travelled from the Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio, 50 miles south of Milan, for a pilgrimage, and shared a private audience with the pontiff. Continue reading “Pope Francis to Teenagers”

Jarrod McKenna – Live Life – Week 1: Fast

Have you ever felt fully alive? Jarrod McKenna takes a deeper look at this week’s challenge (http://blog.worldvisionyouth.org/2013…) to fast by inviting us to find our calling through Jesus’ walkabout in the desert.

Watch this video and then share what you will reject through fasting this week on global sharing platform at http://www.worldvisionyouth.org/

World Vision would like to thank Jarrod McKenna (https://www.facebook.com/Jarrodandmates) for his improv’d homiletics, David Gungor from “The Brilliance” (http://thebrilliancemusic.com) for providing the ‘sound’ of Easter in Lent and Julian Masters & the crew at PopHD (http://julianmasters.com.au) for capturing the visuals and production.

Live Life is a six-week journey, beginning 13 February, to explore what it means to truly live a full life, as God intended us to live. To join Live Life, sign up at http://livelife.worldvisionyouth.org

You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church

If you have become interested in this topic by watching my previous post on David Kinnaman’s book You Lost Me, here is a more extended interview with the author of this book.

Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church

Close to 60 percent of young people who went to church as teens drop out after high school. Now the bestselling author trains his researcher’s eye on these young believers. Where Kinnaman’s first book showed the world what outsiders aged 16-29 think of Christianity, You Lost Me shows why younger Christians aged 16-29 are leaving the church and rethinking their faith. Based on new research, You Lost Me shows pastors, church leaders, and parents how we have failed to equip young people to live “in but not of” the world and how this has serious long-term consequences. More importantly, Kinnaman offers ideas on how to help young people develop and maintain a vibrant faith that they embrace over a lifetime.

David Kinnaman, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith

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I also recommend on this topic the article Our (Own) Worst Enemies: Why Evangelicals Have to be Able to Criticize Each Other, which discusses the anti-intellectualism that dominates evangelicalism – one of the reasons why many youth leave our churches.

Generation Wandering by Martin E. Marty

Generation Wandering by Martin E. Marty.

‘Religious’ vs, ‘spiritual’ and the wonmdering of the young generation.

A discussion by Martin Marty on the uselessness (in terms of reaching the young generation) of some contextualization strategies of contemporary churches.

I would strongly suggest that secularization is not so much an expression of the crisis of faith, as it is one of the crisis of the church (as institutionalized religion), that continues to grow more irrelevant as time goes on.

Why 20- and 30-year-olds are leaving the Baptist church


Carra Hughes Greer, minster to families with youth
at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Many 20- and 30-year-olds share a distaste toward Baptist churches. As a young minister, I believe my peers need the community and nurturing of a church. I hope the church will hear the cries of these young Christ-followers and see the value, the vision and the deep compassion they possess.

Young adults decide not to attend church for a number of reasons, but there is a particular trend among 20- and 30-year-olds that pertains to local Baptist churches. Continue reading “Why 20- and 30-year-olds are leaving the Baptist church”

From Bondage to the Desert – How to Prepare for Freedom – 6

6. The Priority of Youth and Children

Children and young people have been less affected by communist propaganda than the older generations. This is why, if properly trained, they will be able to accomplish for God things that we could not even dream of. Continue reading “From Bondage to the Desert – How to Prepare for Freedom – 6”