Generation X

Hearing God through meditative Bible reading

Author
Kelly R Cupples
Abstract
It was hypothesized by the researcher that a program of habitual, meditative Bible reading would transformationally effectuate a stronger ability in GenXers and Millennials at Life Fellowship church to hear God's voice. Using a quantitative approach, data was accumulated after twelve weeks of instruction and application of the Bible reading method with the goal of hearing God. While results were modestly positive, the researcher concluded that though people indicated their desire to hear God, it is difficulty for many to establish and maintain the habit of meditative Bible reading for that purpose.

Experience matters: preaching and generation me

Author
Tyler J Christiansen
Abstract
Preaching to the people known as Generation Me (those born between 1970-1999) presents a special challenge. Through sermons, congregational feedback, and the study of marketing and generational trends, this thesis holds that for Generation Me, preaching that focuses on the primacy of experience meets them where they are and opens the door to greater engagement in their faith.

Equipping teachers at Liberty Park Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, to lead Generation X in Bible study

Author
Stephen L Shelton
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip a selected group of teachers at Liberty Park Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, to lead Generation X in Bible study. The intent of this project was to give teachers the skills needed to help them lead this demographic group effectively. During the first phase of the project, research was conducted to understand learning styles. The second phase of the project was the developmental stage. The project director used research results from phase one to develop a plan to equip teachers to lead Generation X effectively in Bible study. The third phase of the project was the implementation phase in which the project director trained a selected group of teachers at Liberty Park Baptist Church to lead Generation X. The desired intent of the ministry project was to continue equipping teachers in leading Bible study through yearly teacher training.

The Obama era and the Joshua generation of preachers: choose this day what ye will preach: prosperity or prophetic preaching -- a choice for X and Y generation preachers

Author
Vanetta R Rather
Abstract
This project was developed to help X and Y generation preachers claim/reclaim the prophetic preaching voice of God. The author believes that these generations have been lured away from prophetic ministry and enticed by negative cultural influences. The cultural influence that is having significant impact is the American culture of consumerism which has appeared in the church as prosperity preaching. The author interviewed and surveyed the X and Y generations, researched biblical prophets and examined cultural influences. The findings conclude that there has been a cultural impact and that there is a need to claim/reclaim the prophetic preaching voice of God.

Gen X goes to church: patterns of affiliation in Saint Paul

Author
David D Colby
Abstract
This project applies the generational theory of Strauss and Howe to the paradox of rising spiritual interest and declining mainline church membership. A change is needed for the church. It is critical for the church to understand Generation X and learn from those who affiliate with congregations. Here are described the findings of focus groups of new members composed of different demographic groups at two congregations. Through surveys, these findings and expected generational characteristics are compared to Gen X new members of Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul. The research suggests that these new members dissent from expected generational traits.

Lebh shomea: a 21st century journey toward spiritual leadership from the perspective of a discerning heart

Author
Bettie J Hightower
Abstract
Baby boomers and Generation Xers hunger for a more vital prayer life and seek ways to find meaning in their lives. Using the participant observer method of study, the writer conducted the project at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. The purpose was to show that baby boomers and Generation Xers could be moved beyond a prayer style that was focused on crisis and immediate need to a prayer life style anchored in relationship with Jesus Christ that grows in every area of their lives.

Learning to listen for God's voice: teaching contemplative prayer and Christian meditation to Lutheran gen Xers and millennials

Author
Derek J Cheek
Abstract
In this project I studied a group of Lutheran Gen Xers and Millenials as they learned some of the elementary principles of various forms of contemplative prayer and Christian meditation. The techniques which were taught were drawn from various monastic traditions and Christian mystics from throughout the ages. They were presented over the course of eight weeks of study. In addition to learning various styles of contemplative prayer the participants were asked to employ them for at least 15 minutes a day, five days a week, for each of the eight weeks. Additionally they spent time discussing their experiences with these various forms of prayer and the impact it had on their awareness of Christ in and around them in their daily lives.

Addressing the needs of 'generation X' in a traditional church

Author
Perry C McCallen
Abstract
In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus Christ issues the foundational charge to the Christian Church to make disciples. The purpose of this project is to explore the core needs of "Generation X" and practical ways the Christian Church might address those needs. The research on this project is conducted through interviews with "Generation X" members of Second Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, TN, and "Gen X" individuals who are not members of any particular church. Pastors of churches that are prospering in ministry to "Generation X" were also interviewed. Each group was asked questions pertaining to their perceptions of core needs of "Generation X" and how those needs might be addressed.

Mars Hill ministry: understanding and using culture to impact the emerging generations

Author
Walter Mueller
Abstract
This work is a study focused on the need of the church to rediscover and enlist a biblical strategy for understanding, engaging and reaching the emerging postmodern generations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is concerned with questions related to the emergence of the postmodern worldview, the impact of the postmodern worldview on the emerging generations, and the development of a biblically based missiological paradigm for understanding, engaging, and reaching a culture shaped by this worldview. The study examines the mission field of the emerging generations, their postmodern worldview, and how that worldview shapes their lives. The study continues with an examination of culture along with a biblical theology of understanding and engaging culture. The study lays out a biblical paradigm for engaging the postmodern generations that is based on the Apostle Paul's engagement with the pagan Athenian culture in Acts 17. A series of appendices enlists the paradigm in practical examples of engagement with several contemporary icons in the world of today's popular music.

Multi-sensory worship: is it vital for attracting 18-35 year olds into the life of the church?

Author
K. Bruce Mort
Abstract
The church of Jesus Christ is largely missing the 18-35 year old age group when it comes to attendance and participation. By many statistical reports this is the least likely group to be in worship on Sunday. There seems to be a disconnection with this group when it comes to corporate worship times and other church-related activities, although this group has many indicators that point to spiritual desire. The worship offerings, in particular, seem to be failing when it comes to attracting this age group. The project introduces a discovery model based upon survey, interviews, and observation that attempts to look at two recent developments in worship which seem to be attracting this 18-35 year-old age group. The two different worship styles were functioning at the two churches that were studied in this project. These two services, contemporary and modern multi-sensory, were used to compare and contrast the effectiveness of attracting and producing a level of participation within the targeted age group. The two most important findings were: first, the contemporary worship service was of greater importance in the lives of the surveyed groups than the multi-sensory worship service. Yet the surveyed group from the multi-sensory worship indicated they were much more participative in the life of the church than the contemporary group. Secondly, the multi-sensory participants indicated strongly that they chose to participate in the church based on worship style, while the contemporary group had only half as many state [that] this was the reason for their participation.
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