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Lawrence Fudge: helping Hollywood feel like home at MOSAIC

Ask most people, and they’ll say the appeal of MOSAIC — a world-regarded Millennial-revered church in the heart of Hollywood — is, in some ways, intangible. Executive Pastor Lawrence Fudge would agree … to a point.

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Church communication tools: keeping youth in the loop

Millennials are exposed to a bewildering array of social, cultural and commercial influences, each one pulling them in a different direction. Average daily screen time among 18-to 24-year-olds is close to 10 hours, 61 percent of which is spent on desktop and mobile devices.

And yet, despite spending all that time interacting with friends, watching videos, researching homework, consuming news media, shopping and countless other activities, a hefty portion of Millennials still describe a ‘fear of missing out’ on updates and events affecting their peer group.

How do you make a meaningful connection with a generation overwhelmed by choice? Where do community youth groups fit into the landscape of the so-called “digital native”?

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How to reach and lead the millennials

By Rez Gopez-Sindac They want to change the world and will need intentional mentors to succeed. The Millennials — those born after 1980 — constitute the new mega generation. Right now there are about 80 million Millennials in America. This confident, connected and ethnically diverse generation is a major force to be reckoned with. They […]

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10 things to know about leading young adults

By Sam S. Rainer III The younger generation is not the church of the future. They are the church of today. What are they looking for in a church leader? How can you equip them to lead today? Allow me to offer 10 insights. 1. They desire integrity among leaders. Our research has shown that […]

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Contemplative practices gaining with youth, young adults

By Jeff Brumley ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS — Some contemplative spiritual practices may be as old as Christianity itself, but they are increasingly attracting younger generations hungry for alternatives to contemporary, flashy worship. Case in point: portions of an international Taizé pilgrimage hosted by First Baptist Church of Austin, TX, this weekend are open only to […]

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Inviting young adults to be leaders

By Michael J. O’Loughlin RELIGION NEWS SERVICE — Over at Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership, I write about the need to include young adults in positions of leadership in faith communities. From the essay: Nowhere is the church’s “maturity” more evident than in communities of women religious, the Catholic nuns who are responsible for […]

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Christian Teens Abandon Faith Because of Youth Groups, Not Despite Them

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Oct. 22, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — A new study might reveal why a majority of Christian teens abandon their faith upon high school graduation.  Some time ago Christian pollster George Barna documented that 61% of today’s twenty-somethings, who had been churched at one point during their teen years, are now spiritually disengaged.  […]

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