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Who are the young unchurched, and how can they be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ?In a poll result highlighted by CNN Headline News and USA Today, nearly half of nonchurchgoers between the ages of twenty and twenty-nine agreed with the statement, "Christians get on my nerves." Now, researchers behind the larger study present Lost and Found, a blend of dynamic hard data and modern day parable that tells the real story of an unchurched generation that is actually quite spiritual and yet circumspect, open to Jesus but not the church. As such, Lost and Found is written to the church, using often-surprising results from the copious research here to strike another nerve and break some long established assumptions about how to effectively engage the lost. Leading missiologist Ed Stetzer and his associates first offer a detailed investigation of the four younger unchurched types. With a better understanding of their unique experiences, they next clarify the importance each type places on community, depth of content, social responsibility, and making cross-generational connections in relation to spiritual matters.Most valuably, Lost and Found finds the churches that have learned to reach unchurched young adults by paying close attention to those key markers vetted by the research. Their exciting stories will make it clear how your church can bring searching souls from this culture to authentic faith in Christ.Those who are lost can indeed be found. Come take a closer look.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Ed Stetzer is director of LifeWay Research and missiologist in residence at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds two masters and doctoral degrees and has written dozens of respected articles and books including "Planting Missional Churches, Breaking the Missional Code, Compelled by Love," and "Comeback Churches."

Richie Stanley is team leader at the North American Mission Board s Center for Missional Research in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Jason Hayes is the young adult ministry specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources where he serves as a leading voice and face of Threads, the company s young adult initiative."


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  • Verlag: B&H Books (19. Juli 2010)
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HASH(0x8b01e5e8) von 5 Sternen Solid Research Produces New Insights Into Young Adults and the Church 18. Februar 2009
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In their new book, Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and The Churches That Reach Them, Ed Stetzer, Richie Stanley, and Jason Hayes provide a comprehensive analysis of who the eighteen-to-twenty-somethings are and what churches are doing to reach them.

Ed outlines the purpose of the book by saying -

"This is a book about who the younger unchurched are and how to reach them. Yes, that may be a little old school. Many authors and speakers want to focus on fascinating and important questions like what is wrong with our belief system, how can we do this differently, and what will the future look like for churches? I have asked questions like that myself, and I will do more of that in my next book. But, in this book, Richie, Jason, and I are asking one simple question: Who are the young unchurched and how can they be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ? (OK, that's two questions.) " Lost and Found, p. 3.

And, if you think you know everything about this group, think again. They are amazingly spiritual, open to talking about spiritual matters, bugged by Christians, think about eternity, believe in God, sort of believe Jesus is special, and want to make a difference.

And, just to get you going here, a majority of younger adults wouldn't like it if your church doesn't ordain women, or doesn't welcome homosexuals. And you thought this was going to be easy, didn't you? But the authors give you some ways to address the gender and sexuality issues with this generation.

Based on three large surveys of 1,000 18-29 year olds selected intentionally to reflect the diversity of their generation, the authors are quick to state that there is no one profile that embodies all 18-29 year olds. Respondents included whites, African-Americans, and Hispanics in proportions consistent with the greater U. S. population.

The book divides into three main sections:

1. Polling. This is the data and rationale of the survey including who they are, what they believe, and how they feel about God, church, religion, and Christians.
2. Listening. Four characteristics of this group emerged as the authors surveyed and talked with them. Young unchurched adults want community, depth, responsibility, and connection. More on these later.
3. Reaching. This is the longest section of the book, and spotlights real churches who are effectively reaching significant numbers of young unchurched adults. Surprisingly, the authors discovered that the young unchurched attended both alternative churches with really cool names, and more traditional First Church-types that blended generations in nurturing, mentoring, and serving connections.

The book is crammed with statistics, examples, characteristics, and stories about the young unchurched. Several times I found my stereotyped assumptions of this group exploded by solid research. For instance, a higher percentage of adults under-30 believe there is a God, than adults over-30. And, those under-30 exceed their older counterparts in spirituality and openness to spiritual things.

Not surprisingly, the young unchurched are not all unchurched for the same reason. The book helpfully categorizes the younger unchurched into four groups:

1. Always unchurched. (Never involved)
2. De-churched. (Attended as a child)
3. Friendly unchurched. (Not hostile or angry at the church)
4. Hostile unchurched. (What it sounds like)

Those categories create a starting point in building relationships with younger adults who are unchurched. They are not all alike and a cookie-cutter approach will not be effective. Actually, programs are less effective because this group, regardless of their unchurched orientation, is seeking relationships.

And it is the relational aspect of the book that is most encouraging to me as a small church pastor. Reaching young adults is not about having a rock band (although some churches do); or about alternative worship (although some churches do that, too). Instead this generational group seeks relationship, community, and even cross-generational connections. As a matter of fact, the authors discovered that the majority of churches effectively reaching younger unchurched adults were doing so in a cross-generational context.

Lost and Found is not a how-to book for reaching young adults. It is rather a here's-what book -- here's what this generation is, here's what they want, and here's what churches are doing to reach them. Stetzer says they intentionally titled the book, Lost and Found in order to showcase churches that are finding these lost-to-the-church young adults, and finding them effectively.

If you want to gain some eye-opening insight into the world of 18-29 year olds, get some handles on who they are, and read stories of churches reaching them, Lost and Found is the book you need. Buy it, read it, talk about it; but better still, talk to some young unchurched adults yourself. Learn some basics from the book, then have coffee with a college student home on break, or a young married couple just starting out, or young adult in their first post-college job. Lost and Found can give you the background you need to start those conversations with young adults in your community. I imagine that's what Ed, and Richie, and Jason would really like to have happen.
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HASH(0x8b01e738) von 5 Sternen Not just another formula... 18. Februar 2009
Von Curtis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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These guys get it. This isn't some magical formula on how to reach 20-somethings. It gives stats for a broad view on beliefs, but one gets a deep look inside people through the numerous interviews and notes used throughout the book. If you desire to reach 20-somethings today, this book is a great place to start.

Lost and Found explores what people aged 20-29, a group that is living life apart from church, believe and how churches can reach them. The book splits into three parts: Polling, Listening, and Reaching.

As a member of this age group, I thought their polling results were accurate albeit surprising. Extensive polling of hundreds of people revealed that most 20-somethings believe in the God of the Bible (over 75% I believe), believe Jesus died and rose again (roughly 65%), but believe that all gods are the same (some 90%).

The Listening part showed key "markers" of what people were looking for. The four listed were: Community, Depth (and Content), Responsibility, and Cross-Generational Connection. Immediately made sense to me and gave better insight to as why Mars Hill and Acts 29 connect so well with this generation and myself. This section really resonated with me.

The Reaching part gives examples of the churches who are doing this. As Stetzer states in the intro, they're not going to give you a magical formula to make this work. They're giving examples and ideas from people who are doing this.

Also included is a fictional story that weaves in at the end of chapters of composite characters. Thought it was a fun part of the book and was glad it didn't end with a happy ending. It just showed part of the journey.

As a guy who loves reading Ed's blog and has a great appreciation for his experience (planted churches in 3 cities, revived 2 dying churches, missiologist, statistician) and his heart (church planting here and abroad across all denominations and networks), I am obviously biased. But this is a great book for those who desire to see this generation of people reached.
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HASH(0x8b01ea74) von 5 Sternen Unchurched Did 17. Februar 2009
Von Jeremy Davidson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found that this book did a great job of showing several ways that the church can connect with the unchurched. I saw Jason and Ed at the Threads Conference at The Church at Battle Creek last year and found them to be very knowledgeable about the unchurched and the churches that were reaching them. The last half of the book dealt more with the practical implications of what you could actually do to connect with the unchurched. They give a few good examples of churches that are reaching out, but I would have enjoyed hearing more.

So why should you buy the book? You should get this book to better understand the unchurched. The team has done some great research here that will help you as you move forward. You should get this book to find insights into how churches are reaching the unchurched. Stop sitting in staff meetings trying to reinvent the wheel. You need to find the right mix for your specific church and your community, but I believe this book provides some core elements that you will need to reach out.
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HASH(0x8b01e5a0) von 5 Sternen Something isn't working and Ed has the numbers 14. März 2010
Von Dan Morris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Something isn't working. Families are going to church. Families are hearing the Word of God. Kids are turning into young adults. They are going away to college with years of church attendance under their belt and then something happens. They leave the church in many cases for good. Some kids never hear about the word of God, even though they have Christian friends. They have never been invited to church. Something isn't working.

Ed Stetzer has written a book that helps those who didn't know there was a problem- know there is a problem. In "Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them" he underlines in the first half of his book what Barna and Christianity Today- among an ocean of others- have been pointing to for years, that the 18 to 29 yr. old demographic is uninterested in church. He does this very well with a thoroughness often lacking in similarly themed books.

If this is a subject that is new to you, I highly recommend reading this book to acquaint yourself with this spiritual disaster.

This tragedy may be new to you, but not to our pastors. Those in the know, have overlooked this because these young adults usually come back to the church when they have kids. New studies now show that even with kids a significant number of young adults see no practical value in church and they aren't coming back. Something isn't working.

After effectively documenting the problem, "Lost and Found" offers in Part 2: Wrap Up, four makers of connecting with youth:

1. Community is important to emerging generations. They believe that life is meant to be experienced together, and they sense a need to be involved in genuine relationship with others.

2.Depth is next- they strive to be people of deep significance. They do this because they care about who they are and what they are becoming- "ankle deep" doesn't seem to work for them. They appreciate tough questions and despise pat answers.

3.Responsibility is a strong value because we know that their choices are different. Decisions are everywhere. Recycling. Sponsoring a child. Aid to Haiti. Love your neighbor. They've concluded that all of these decisions matter, but what matters most is how they respond.

4. Connection is the final need. They want to learn from those that have already experienced the things that they are going to engage in.

The greater implication is that these priorities are not evident in our churches today. Then what are we doing? OUCH!

Part 3 Reaching offers a series of nine common characteristics in churches that are reaching young adults.

1.Creating Deeper Community. Churches that are effective connect young adults into a healthy small group system.

2.Making a Difference through Service. Churches that are transforming young adults value leading people to serve through volunteerism. They want to be a part of something bigger.

3.Experiencing Worship.Churches that are engaging young adults are providing worship environments that reflect their culture while revering and revealing God. They want a vertical experience with God.

4.Conversing the Content. Churches that are lead by authentic communicators are drawing young adults into the message.

5.Leveraging Technology. Churches that are reaching young adults are willing to communicate in a language of technology familiar to young adults.

6.Building Cross-Generational Relationships. Churches that are linking young adults with older, mature adults are challenging young adults to move on to maturity through friendship, wisdom, and support.

7.Moving towards Authenticity. Young adults are looking for and connecting to churches where they see leaders that are authentic, transparent, and on a learning journey.

8.Leading by Transparency. Churches with incarnational leaders, those who express a personal sense of humanity and vulnerability, are influencing young adults.

9.Leading by Team. They see ministry not as a solo enterprise but a team sport.

"Lost and Found" works through all of these ideas one at a time with various degrees of depth. It offers insight and success stories. For the practical minded, success stories are encouraging, but not too helpful. What is missing, and some would argue beyond the scope of this book, is a big blast of "HOW?" How do we get a congregation to passionately embrace changing how it has approached church for decades? How do we get a congregation to look past its Christian cultural creature comforts, re-prioritize what it values and encourage passionate new priorities? How do we shift a church from what they know to what God wants them to be?

I often find failures more instructive than success. Books of this type rarely offer us a good look at failure. What is it that the church has believed for so long that has choked off the word of God to the point that our youth see no value in it? How have we turned the word of God into something we hear but rarely embrace? How have past generations of Christians failed this new generation of young adult and do they really what to help bring them to Christ? Until we acknowledge our collective sin, how can we move past it? How do you get an older generational church that has done church based on the past to embrace the future without analyzing its successes and failures?

"Lost and Found" offers some very good starting points for church leadership teams to pray over, discuss and act on. The strength of this book is the ideas it introduces us to. The weakness of this book is that the past attitudes that have created this sorry state are never addressed so we can implement a new approach. Perhaps it is seen as too divisive and not "encouraging," yet isn't acknowledging our failures a part of being "authentic, transparent and on a learning journey." If we can't get Christians to understand our mis-steps from the past(and there consequences), new ideas will have little formative effect.

Matthew 9:17 "Neither do men pour new wine into old wine skins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine skins, and both are preserved."

If you have read this far, I wish to thank you. I also pray that God lead you to something valuable in the book and in my post. God bless you my friend.
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HASH(0x8b01ef30) von 5 Sternen Important book, well written, easy read. 9. März 2009
Von Matt Heerema - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've recently read four excellent books on the topic of missiology specifically related to the culture we live in, how to understand it and how to speak to it: Breaking The Missional Code, They Like Jesus but Not The Church, Unchristian, and most recently Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them.

Several things strike me about these books.

1. They are all written based on a healthy mixture of good data (research!) and objective, Spirit-led observation of reality around them, through relationship with those that are being written about.
2. They all provide biblically-based principals, rather than faddish methodologies, based on analysis of this research and observation.
3. They all come to approximately the same conclusions.

I feel that we would do well to listen up, especially since these books come from three different organizations from three different "corners of the church" (Barna Research Group, a large church in California, and LifeWay research), and therefore aren't simply creating an echo chamber of thought.

Of the four, I found this book to be the easiest to digest, with the most recent data, clearly stated methodologies and goals, with to-the-point analysis at the end of each chapter.

The book is an engaging read. A well structured balance of research based data, personal interview, and an engaging "true story" narrative that glues the concepts together with practical advice.

The book's introduction speaks well to its purpose:

Much has been written and said about younger adults and their view of church. You don't need a lot of research to tell you what you already know...

...this is not a prescripbe book with magical answers to the problems plaguing churches devoid of young adults. Each church we profile, like yours, is unique in setting, ministry, and calling...

...in this book [the authors] are asking one simple question: Who are the yong unchruched and how can they be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ? (OK, that's two questions)...

...We realize you do not need another book of statistics. But what we do need is something to help all of us engage an increasingly lost generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need tools that will help us seek and save those of this generation who are lost. As you read, our prayer is that you will be challenged to take action, so that the lost may be found.

After reading the book, it occurred to me that some churches DO need a book of statistics. It seems that even in our intuitive knowledge of the problem that Christianity is considered hypocritically judgmental, and concerned more with it's own organization than with people, we do little to help this situation, probably because we don't fully understand the problem.

We bristle at critiques that call us judgmental and hypocritical, saying that we're simply pointing out sin. We hide behind verses that tell us that the world is going to hate us.

We fail to realize that for some people that God brings into our sphere of influence, we are called to help heal years of hurt from past religious institutions.

We fail to acknowledge that some people simply aren't going to come to our church, no matter how cool our music is, how "casual" and "lingo free" we try to be, or how many "bring a friend to church sundays" we organize and exhort our people to.

The fact is that Jesus called us to go out among the lost.

I was shocked at the statistics that showed how little of a difference the "young unchurched" reported the style of music or service made in their decision to check out a church or not.

What matter to them are deep relationships and authentic community where it is safe to ask the hard questions without being told to "just have faith". Along with people who actually care enough about the community they are in to get involved in it, rather than simply protest it, picket it, bemoan it's fallenness, or simply huddle up an ignore it.

Read this book.
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