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Kinnaman to share research about Mosaics

David Kinnamon
David Kinnaman
David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group research firm and a best-selling author of books about trends regarding young people’s views of the church, will present “Your Role in the Faith Journeys of the Next Generation” at an Aug. 12 luncheon at Abilene Christian University. The content is especially designed for ministry professionals, church leaders, educators and parents.
ACU’s Siburt Institute for Church Ministry is sponsoring the event in the atrium of the Williams Performing Arts Center from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Seating is limited for the $20 event, which includes lunch.
In 2007, Kinnaman co-authored UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity … and Why it Matters. In 2011, he wrote You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church … and Rethinking FaithBoth books focus on 18- to 29-year-olds in the Mosaic generation, the first on how young outsiders view the church and the second on those from that demographic who have grown up in the church but are leaving it in large numbers. Kinnaman advises how congregations can begin to more effectively attract and retain them. From UnChristian:

“What are Christians known for? Outsiders think our moralizing, our condemnations, and our attempts to draw boundaries around everything. Even if these standards are accurate and biblical, they seem to be all we have to offer. And our lives are a poor advertisement for the standards. We have set the gameboard to register lifestyle points; then we are surprised to be trapped by our mistakes. The truth is we have invited the hypocrite image.”

From You Lost Me:

“In a misguided abdication of our prophetic calling, many churches have allowed themselves to become internally segregated by age. Most began with the valuable goal that their teaching be age appropriate but went on to create a systematized method of discipleship akin to the instructional model of public schools, which requires each age-group be its own learning cohort. Thus many churches and parishes segregate by age-group and, in doing so, unintentionally contribute to the rising tide of alienation that defines our times. As a by-product of this approach, the next generation’s enthusiasm and vitality have been separated from the wisdom and experience of their elders.”

Register online here by 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.