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 MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE MEMBER IN THE "NEW ERA"
In this “New Era” many Americans, particularly younger adults, are looking for

something to bring meaning and purpose to their lives. 

  • They try and buy status, hoping to find it. 

  • They anesthetize themselves by spending hours gaming, social chatting,

watching videos and TV. 

  • They over eat, over drink, over exercise – trying to find this meaning. 

  • They face uncertainty in work, finances, and relationships – and don’t see a

way up or out. 

  • They think church and religion are there to tell them what not to do, and don’t

see joy or peace. 

  • They are bombarded by advertising telling them they are missing out on the “good life” and at the same time feel they won’t ever be able to live up to what they’re being sold.

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, the denominational church has concentrated its resources and efforts on engaging in an entertainment battle for their minds and hearts instead of offering real, experiential opportunities for them to experience the meaning and hope found in living a Christ-like life. 

 

To attract those seeking this “New Era” of meaning and purpose the church must move from a “telling” to a “showing” style.  For instance, it is the difference between a child’s experience in school and in church.  In school the emphasis is on what they learn.  In church it is on what they feel.  Children eagerly attend a church’s Sunday school not because of the lesson content, but because of a teacher who recognizes the child’s meaning by being there and loving them.

 

Engagement is the key – but not just any engagement.  Attending an entertaining service is nice and can be fun or even emotional, but it rarely changes how a person lives their life.  But, while they can get entertainment anywhere, there are not places for them to engage in life-affirming relationships that allow them to serve others, and be served by others – and this is the opening the church must exploit. 

 

In this “New Era” men and women are seeking some core themes.  

  • They want hope for the future fueled by a feeling of security and confidence.  

  • They want to feel good about themselves and to know they are significant.  

  • They seek a sense of community and of belonging where people are accountable and responsible to each other.  

  • They are searching for someone (individuals and institutions) to trust, who will not disappoint them.  

  • And they yearn to find clarity about the meaning of life.

In this "New Era" men and women are seeking some core themes.

> Hope for the future fueled by a feeling of security and confidence.

> To feel good about themselves and to know they are significant.

> Seek a sense of community and of belonging where people are accountable and

responsible for each other.

> Searching for individuals and institutions to trust, who will not disappoint them.

> Find clarity about the meaning of life.

Click here to learn about DOING CHURCH IN THE NEW ERA.

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THE TRANSFORMATION PROCESS