Review of Faithful Generations

John Mabry

Meet the Author John R. Mabry is a pastor, spiritual director, musician, professor, and author.  Since 1994, he has served Grace North Church (affiliated with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, and are currently in-care with the United Church of Christ) in Berkeley, CA.  Since 1999, he has been in private practice as a spiritual director, directing those of differing generations.  Mabry teaches spiritual guidance, world religions, and comparative theology at John Read More …

A Proposed Intergenerational Covenant

Frederick Schmidt

The Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr is an Episcopal priest who serves as Director of Spiritual Formation and Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.  Recently he wrote about the need for better intergenerational relations. Toward that end, he offers a proposed intergenerational covenant, which includes these words: For Older Generations You are old enough to be "stuck in your ways." You have earned Read More …

No Generation Left Behind: Social Media in Ministry

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Earlier this year I wrote about generational differences in online activity based on data from a Pew Research Center study that showed how many people in each generation participate in various online activities.  The percentage of people who participate in a given category tends to decline from generation to generation, but even the oldest generations still engage in a significant amount of online activity.  Increasingly the digital divide or gap between those who have access and those who lack Read More …

Lead by Letting Go

Frederick Schmidt

The Reverend Canon Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. is an Episcopal Priest, Director of Spiritual Formation and Anglican Studies and Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.  Previously he served as Canon Educator, Director of Programs in Spirituality and Religious Education, and Acting Program Area Manager at Washington National Cathedral.  He is the author of seven books as well as numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Read More …

The Missing Millennials

Missing Millenials

Many denominations and local congregations worry about the increasing age of their members.  Differing sources provide a variety of explanations for why fewer young people attend church or choose to affiliate with a religion.  According to the graphic below, provided by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life, the youngest generations have the highest level of  religious non-affiliation.  By generation the numbers for those who claim no religious affiliation climb from 5% for Read More …