Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
Much has been written about the millennials. Among evangelicals, the concerns raised are about church and participation in the church.
An attempted solution to this potential and real problem is to make the young and millennial the focus of the ministry of the church.
In responding to contemporary questions, it is wise to take a longer view historically in seeking a response. History has a way of clearing the fog and bringing greater clarity to a present-day issue. C. S. Lewis insightfully noted that this is important to do not because the old is better or necessarily right, but rather because it provides some perspective.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer has influenced many. Reading The Cost of Discipleship as a college student shaped and formed me in profound ways. Bonhoeffer has important things to say about making young people the focus of the church and its ministry, as well.
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