If your church is missing the twenties to thirties age group, sadly you are not alone. This is the common story across the UK. There are many reasons why this is the case, but it causes the church a serious problem… and the consequences of ignoring it will be seen in the years to come with dying, ageing and empty churches.So what can we do and how do we do it?
In this little book, Kay Mumford asks these very questions and begins to work through practical answers that will challenge, equip and enthuse you in your ministry with young adults. Kay has over 15 years of experience of battling against the trend that 20s – 30s ‘don’t do church’ – and though this book won’t give you every answer, it is designed to be a springboard that will refocus your vision and excite you about what God can do when we live out and teach His Word.
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Not only a stimulating and insightful look at one of the big challenges facing the church in the UK today but also full of practical ideas and help”
I have long admired Kay Mumford’s ministry with 20s and 30s. She really knows what she is talking about. She argues that 20s ministry is a critical strategic priority that is being neglected by many churches. If your church struggles to know how to reach the younger generation you will find this book jam–packed with practical, tested ideas
To the local church lamenting the lack of 20’s and 30’s in their congregation, Kay gives a generous gift. Missing Generation gets you thinking theologically, discipling intentionally and serving practically.
There are books full of practical ideas and then there is The Missing Generation. This has to be the go–to book for any church looking to reach and disciple those in their 20’s and 30’s.
As churches we are wise to invest time and energy into children’s, youth and student ministry but what attention do we give to what comes next? Cutting a course through adult life has rarely been more complicated or confusing and so, for many, the 20’s & 30’s are defining decades. Capture the hearts and minds of young adults for Christ and they become vital members of a church family, leave them without help and support they need and sadly they too often become the “missing generation” from our churches. Always practical yet passionate and persuasive Kay Mumford’s book shows us how to build a ministry to this missing generation as well as demonstrating why such a ministry is more urgent and important than ever. I wish this book had been around when we started our ministry to this generation. Many of its ideas are already beginning to shape the way we develop our work. Buy it, build on its ideas and both the generation that needs our support and the churches that fulfil this role will be blessed.
This book is great because it gives great practical advice on young adult ministry, no matter what size the group is in your church. It helped us to see areas where we could improve also confirmed our convictions in other areas. It doesn't take long to read either, which is great!
There is a real lack of books in this area- I think this is the first I've read! I found loads of things in this book really helpful and thought- provoking. There are lots of very practical suggestions. Lots of things seem obvious when you read them but were not things I had thought of before in my involvement in 20s and 30s ministry. A few of us read it before we met up for a discussion about the work and it gave us some useful ideas and thoughts to discuss. It was a relief to read something dealing with some of the issues we battle with in 20s and 30s work, for example encouraging people in their personal evangelism.
This is an excellent book for evangelical churches wanting to minister more effectively to people in their 20s and 30s. Kay takes you through, step-by-step, how you might go about this, even if you currently have no-one of that age group in your church. Kay has worked for a well-renowned conservative evangelical church in the UK for many years, running a large 20s-30s ministry, so she really knows what she’s talking about. The real strengths of this book are: 1) it’s short and easy to read - I read it in one sitting. 2) it’s practical and has lots of creative ideas for ‘how to’ start or improve a 20s-30s ministry, rather than just telling you that you should. One idea I hadn't considered is using the church website to help Christians in their 20s/30s find a houseshare - this is useful if you have zero people in that age group. She gives you places to start from, even if you have few or no people of that age group. 3) it is a good advert for discipleship done really well, sharing your life and the gospel with one another, being honest about the difficult things without shame or fear and spurring one another on to holiness. It is real and honest about the secret struggles of this age group. Definitely recommend.
I've really appreciated Kay's work. She's very clear about the why as well as the how, acknowledge the huge societal shifts for 20s-30s in the western world. Lots of practical ideas to muse and try and I look forward to Kiwifying them both in my work with university students of all ages and in our local church with the wider young adults groups. Thanks Kay
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