This week, I’ve written several blog posts that revolves around what it means to Disciple Millennials. This conversation is so important for the tribe of Jesus followers because everyone of us is called to not only “be disciples” but to “make disciples” – yeah, by everyone I mean everyone. Read Matthew 28:18-20 if you don’t believe me.
So this week I recounted much of what I’ve learned and continue to learn. I put more of my learning in my new book Protege: A Missio Playbook, but for now, here’s a quick recap from the week:
We must approach the conversation around calling in a different way. There are cultural dynamics and then just the human dynamics that hinder us from discovering our calling and purpose. Everyone of us needs a vision for our lives. As guides, we don’t have to have all the answers. In fact, it’s better to ask questions and in a sense equip other people with the right questions to ask.
One last thing. This isn’t only true with millennials, but it certainly IS TRUE about them too. This life is ultimately about Jesus. No really, it is. And we’re all on a journey where deep down, we long to find, know and experience God. We may live out of touch with that. We may not be open to that. We may not even really believe that. But I believe it’s true. And I believe that all the other options we pursue to make us happy, or to find fulfillment, none of it will ultimately satisfy. I have forgotten or ignored this reality WAY TOO MUCH in my life. That’s a confession, in case you’re wondering. But this is our most important task as disciple-makers – to point and keep pointing people to Jesus. Not for a one-time transaction, but he is everything. He can be our everything. And until we embrace that he is everything, we will have nothing.Read More
Millennials, like the rest of us, can often look back on our lives and recognize the moments when our gifts started to emerge. These reflections can point each of us towards discovery of our calling, an essential part of discipleship. I remember the day when I came home from college and told my mom that I was starting to sense a “call to vocational ministry” because I wanted to help others find God and experience all that He offers. She started crying. Why? Because, as she recounted to me for the first time that day, she remembered the day when I was five years old when God spoke to her. I came home from church, grabbed a cardboard box, flipped it upside down, and started “preaching.” She told me that God told her in that moment that one day, I would be a pastor. And she had NEVER told me any of this. And there we were, having a meaningful moment. For me, I felt it. That was one of the moments of confirmation that helped me work through the fear I had in pursuing this ‘career.’ But also, my mom began to share how she saw what she deemed “gifts that pastors have” along the way in my life. These were clues to my calling and now this was coming full circle for me.
Now, before I go any further, to have a “calling” has nothing to do whether you’re going to “go into vocational ministry” or not. To have a calling is for every follower of Jesus Christ. Throughout Scripture, God indicates over and over that He places high value on calling. Moses met God through a burning bush, Esther through a crisis, Ruth through providential circumstances of one person meeting another, Samuel through a voice in the night, Paul on the side of the road, and the Apostle John through visions in a far away cave. It may be quite different how God speaks to us, or calls us, but to be sure, discovering calling is an important part of following Jesus. That brings me back to discipleship among millennials. There’s something quite different we must embrace, and help them embrace about calling or purpose.
Far too few leaders understand their purpose or calling in life. Many wander through life without a sense of where God is guiding them. In one study, only 3% said that “purpose” was their defining leadership quality. And when millennials were asked the same question (35 and under adults), the statistic fell to 1%. About 1/3 of Christians feel “called” to the work they do. And research tells us that younger Christ-followers are less likely to have even considered the idea of calling when it comes to their current role. There are a plethora of reasons for this that we don’t have ample space to cover here. That said, let’s ponder a couple things when it comes to the intersection of calling, millennials and discipleship.
At a base level, calling is not about a title, position or specific career. Rather, it’s about having a vision and purpose for your life that spans all the different seasons of one’s vocation. That means that one element of “discipling” millennials well involves helping them ask questions like these (to find their calling):
- Over the course of your life, even back to as early as 5 years old, what things have energized you and what things have drained you? (I often use the Strengths Finder Assessment to stimulate a starting point to this conversation)
- What keeps you up late at night? Or, what do you get early in the morning enthusiastic to do? What drives you? When are you motivated most?
- What do you do well quite naturally? What are you good at? What you LOVE doing? (help them pursue that)
- What or who do you care about? What are you consistently discontent about in the world around you?
- In quiet, open moments, what do you sense God saying to you? If nothing, help them pay more attention to THAT VOICE.
Questions like these can be asked to millennials. My experience shows me they haven’t given deep thought to these things more often than not. This isn’t about giving them “the answers”, but again is about guiding them to ask these kinds of questions. You can offer a frame for them, a lens through which they can move differently into their future. You’re not “telling them what to do” so much as you’re “guiding them in what questions are important to ask in their life.” People are usually open to these type of conversations.
Other obstacles that millennials face when it comes to calling involves the way that jumping from job to job over shorter periods of time than previous generations. This can confuse them, but I don’t think it should. In the past, people worked 30 years at one place. That’s so uncommon today that millennials don’t even really consider that or what that would be important. I’m not saying it isn’t, and those who choose this path are admirable in many cases. But I am saying that this is the reality of the world we live. So when it comes to making disciples of millennials, help them grow in self-awareness so that they can take their self-discoveries in and out of any job they choose. Finding ones talent and personality largely doesn’t people what to do, as if it’s a prescription. Instead, it’s a description, telling people how they will go about or ought to go about doing what they do. Talent and personality are more descriptive than prescriptive. And that very idea for millennials can free them to engage the conversation about calling, purpose and passion at a deeper level. Go on this journey with people. You can be incredibly instrumental with them “figuring things out.” And the primary application to do this for us who are “making disciples” is again through asking the right kinds of questions.Read More
I served on staff at Mosaic for almost eight years in Los Angeles, and our Lead Pastor Erwin McManus had a profound impact on my life. Along the way, he selected a dozen of us to begin “the round table” which in essence were leadership discussions that he facilitated to help that group of us develop. It was a communal growth experience to be sure.
While I was at Mosaic, I also started a 2-year leadership development program the we called Protege. We had many different versions of our own “round table” discussions. The Protege Program was an experience crafted for young, emerging ministry leaders (i.e. millennials). Most of the proteges were compelled to do this program to “learn from Mosaic,” and that they did. In fact, the way we “did church” and “thought about church” and the way we “did mission” and “thought about mission” were revolutionary ideas that shaped all of us. Erwin was (and still is) a very innovative and effective leader. And his impact on those proteges was in a variety of ways, deeply impactful. (You can buy the book here that embeds the DNA of the Protege Program)
But along the way, what surprised me more than anything about the process of development that happened among these proteges was how deeply impacted they were by each other, not just Erwin or “Mosaic.” The “content” was impactful but at least as significant was the collaboration and community that they got to engage the content with. Our times together (every year we selected a new group of 10 to 12 proteges, and that sent them on a 2-year journey together that for almost all of them) were truly life-changing (I’m a little hesitant to use this word “life-changing” because the skeptics wonder if that’s overstated…well in this case at least, I’m telling you, “It’s Not!”). Why were they life-changing? Because these young women and men had the space to dialogue about some of the most important things in their lives: mission, purpose, destiny, character, walking with God, relationships, and all things “Kingdom-related.” There are so many memories of someone sharing something, and then another “pushes back” or “disagrees” (respectfully of course). It was stimulating conversation. Riveting at times actually. And as the “leader” of these protege groups, I found myself learning perhaps as much or even more than they did. (I wrapped much of what I learned from the Protege Program into this Protege Playbook)
I could recount so many examples here, but basically here’s what I really learned about millennials. Their learning experience dramatically improves when there is a well-facilitated and community-orientated environment to dialogue, disagree, and collaborate in. Millennials want the space to share and work out their opinions, their theology, their ideas about life and relationships. This is where the “magic” of the Protege Program happened. It was in the context of healthy community and friendships. But here’s the thing: by community and friendships I don’t just mean you gather together, although that’s a good starting point. There must be intention. Provocative, thoughtful, and relevant questions must be asked. Someone must navigate the unique dynamics. Sometimes there’s conflict and tension. You must learn how to know what to do. Some want to gloss over the conflict or pretend the tension isn’t there. Not good. Some don’t want conflict between two people happened and get worked out in a group setting. I would argue that this is what’s best sometimes. And sometimes, there’s someone in the group that has a deeply negative effect. After repeated attempts at coaching others how to be in these kinds of environments, there were actually some proteges who had to be asked to be removed from the program. I know, that sounds brutal perhaps. But I was committed to facilitating the most optimal environment for learning and growth.
To this day, I’m more convinced than ever that people transform, or “morph” in communal contexts way more than they do in isolated contexts or where monologue alone exists. Millennials want dialogue, which means too much lecture and classroom environments isn’t the best learning process for MANY of them. We ought to ponder more deeply how we “train” and “equip” young millennial leaders. For years now I’ve been giving thought to this and also reflecting on my own experiences. I wrote a book recently called Communal Morphing that recounts many of the ideas that we’ve executed on to create these kind of development environments. You can check it out here via this Leadership Network App called Leadia.
In yesterday’s blog post, I posted about entering the “self-directed learning world” of millennials. We can become a guide who strives to ask the right questions so that we stir up their longings and are able to redirect their learning by getting them in touch with their pain. This is the journey that will lead them to opening themselves more fully to God.
Today, let’s go to a letter from the Scriptures and pay attention to the Apostle Paul’s approach to his protege Timothy. There are several insights here that relate to our current context of discipleship. First, the short backstory.
Paul and Timothy initially met in Lystra (a city in Turkey) during Paul’s first missionary journey (around 47-48 AD, see Acts 16:1-5). Timothy had a Greek, non-believing father, but he heard of the coming Messiah from the teaching of his godly Jewish mother and grandmother. When Paul came to Lystra with the message of the Gospel, Timothy listened intently, and in time, submitted to and devoted his life to Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 4:17). We live in a day when millennials grow up experience different perspectives when it comes to spirituality, and everything really. Timothy’s parents had very different vantage points and he was left wondering who to listen to. Here’s the thing, although there’s much to say about the complexity of a pluralistic, multi-cultural, everyone-has-an-opinion society, I must drive us to this: that no matter what our background, no matter what our family history, no matter what our life experiences have been, God’s working to use all of it to OPEN US TO GOD. To be sure Timothy had influences in his life like we all do. Some good. Some not. But there was that moment where “Timothy listened intently, and in time, submitted to and devoted his life to Jesus Christ.” It was a moment of profound openness to God.
All of us go through different seasons of life when we’re more open to God and other seasons when we are not. We also go through different levels of openness. There’s that initial openness to God where the Gospel invades our lives and we welcome it with an abundance of gratitude, joy, and devotion. But that’s not where the Gospel stops. God’s intent for the Gospel is to permeate every dimension of our lives.
In this conversation about openness, I’ve become more convinced then ever that we cannot force growth. We can be instruments of growth to be sure, but the reality is, for someone to grow they have to WANT to grow. And, they have to be OPEN to growing. When we consider the swirl of things happening in the soul of millennials, another application is to pay attention to people’s level of openness. It comes and goes. There are windows of opportunity that we can seize. But too often, we let those moments pass. I’m as guilty as anyone.
In order to be ready for those windows of opportunity, here’s the pre-requisite: we must live connected relationally to those we want to impact the most. Does this limit our impact? Well in some ways yes because we only have so much relational energy and time. But I always remind myself of Andy Stanley’s phrase, “Do for one what you wish you could do for all.” Discipleship, especially in our social media crazed, busy world, must be relationally-based. Real human contact is necessary. And although it may appear sometimes that millennials are fine with less of that human contact, it’s not true. If anything, they need it more. They aren’t always in touch with that need, but we’ve all been hardwired for relationship that involves human contact. Move towards millennials relationally. Push through the resistance. They need us to. We need each other. And it’s in this context that you can begin to look for openness to God, to the Gospel, and to the soulful desire to experience what only God can offer.
After this moment where Timothy encountered the Gospel by listening intently to Paul, for the next 15 years, Paul and Timothy spent time doing ministry together and living life together. That’s where this mentor/protégé relationship was established. That’s where authentic discipleship happened. Along the way, Paul shaped Timothy’s life in so many significant ways. We have two of his letters written to Timothy in the Scriptures (1 and 2 Timothy), where we discover the essence of what Paul sought to impart to one of his many protégés. In the Protege Playbook, I recount more than a dozen different ways that Paul “discipled” Timothy. And for the next couple of blog posts this week, I’ll delve into a few of those. I encourage to read 1 and 2 Timothy for yourself, paying attention to what values Paul was trying to pass on to Timothy.
As I have interacted with “Millennials” (i.e. Mosaics, Generation Y, etc.) in recent years, I’ve been persuaded in my understanding and approach to what leads to effective discipleship among them. I believe there are distinct nuances to how we can and should approach investing in these millennials. As a tribe of followers of Jesus Christ, we all have the same goal – to be disciples and make disciples. But most of us also understand that the cultural context in which we find ourselves informs how the timeless Gospel pervades and transforms people’s lives.
Along the way, I’ve become convinced that many of us need to rethink, or even relearn, how we “go about making disciples.” We know the words Jesus proclaimed in Matthew 28, to “go and make disciples…’ but how exactly can we become more effective in this endeavor. And in case you’re wondering whether this way of thinking that is rooted in adapting our approach in the backdrop of our cultural context is steering us away from a biblical approach, well, it’s not. In fact, if anything, some of the cultural dynamics we face redirect us back to the way of discipleship that Jesus Christ lived out and modeled for us.
This week, I’ll be writing a series of blog posts addressing this topic, Discipleship Among Millennials. I invite you to join me in this conversation. And for further reading, I just published a book called Protege: A Missio Playbook. It’s organized in a way that invites people to go on a 6-week journey to explore a fresh approach to discipleship that hits the pulse of where millennials are in our current context.
One element of doing discipleship among millennials that is distinct is the increasing desire for self-directed learning. Our cultural context provides endless opportunities to choose whatever you want to learn about. It’s at your fingertips every day, every moment. So whatever one’s heart desires to learn about, well, it’s available to you. What millennials have grown up doing is learning about what they want, when they want, and how they want. I don’t know if that sounds awesome to you, or if that sounds dangerous to you, or where that lands. I will acknowledge that there are “pros” and “cons” to this reality, but it is reality and we must face it. My take on this intersection of self-directed learning and accessibility to endless information is to lean into – don’t run from it or be scared of it. There’s so much to build on here.
As a starting point to build on, there are a few applications when it comes to discipling others. First, learn how to be a “guide.” In other words, don’t approach people with the posture that you have the answers for them, or you know the agenda they ought to pursue. Instead, embrace that there is desire that is motivating these millennials, driving them to learn and grow. Now, as you know, the sum of our desires is a mixed bag. The wrong desires can run us amuck. But desire can also lead us to the good. And even more, desire can and I believe does, lead us to the Ultimate thing we want…GOD. So being a guide in this context involves entering into the inner world of desire for people. What is it that people desire? Find out. Ask questions and listen to do so. Ask about what pains someone. Be inquisitive and caring about what troubles or challenges someone is going through. Pay attention to people’s craving for something more.
Our hearts are wired to want something more. And that’s what drives us. Every one of us feels it.
What we tend to do is invent endless variations to fill the void (insert the plethora of vices that our culture submerges themselves into). We spend out time hunting down happiness options, but eventually hit the dead end. When people arrive at that dead end, their pain emerges. And if they haven’t arrived there yet, you can discern what pain is underneath their pursuits.
What am I saying? I’m saying that we can dive more deeply into the world of desire for people by literally asking them what it is they are pursuing. They press into that. Ask how that’s going for them? Ask how fulfilling their pursuit is? Play it out for them and help them get into the future and see more clearly where their choices and pursuits are leading them. Along the way, pay attention to their pain, a challenge they are facing, or to that thing(s) that is driving their learning. Embrace this and you’ll find yourself right inside the mess that’s in their soul. We all have a mess that we have to sift through. And this is where a deeper journey of discipleship starts.
IT STARTS WITH THE QUESTIONS: What questions can you ask those you’re investing in that will draw out their desires, and that will help you understand their pain and troubles? You don’t have to have the answers. In fact it’s better not to. You really want to help people ask the right questions, and get in touch with their desires, their pain, their troubles, and their motivations. That’s where the journey of real transformation begins and we can be guides to help become come to this realization. That’s when the journey of DESIRE gets interesting, messy, and life-changing.Read More
Over the past 15 years, I’ve been deeply impacted by a handful of mentors. Their role and influence in my life is remarkable to think about. They shaped who I’ve become in profound and countless ways. As I’ve reflected on the innumerable conversations, relationships, and experiences that these women and men have facilitated or ushered into my life, I have found myself longing to capture what they did, how they did it, and even why they did what they did. As a result, I’ve relentlessly sought to identify and extract the principles and practices that have made them profound mentors. What’s emerged are a few realizations, or what I would even call revelations, about transformational mentoring.
One revelation involves recognizing how different each of these mentors were. But more importantly, realizing the power of knowing your own mentoring style, embracing your strengths and your limits, and then investing in others in ways that fit who you are as a mentor. Looking back, yes these people were focused on guiding me in ways that served me best, but they all did this in a way that fit their own uniqueness, temperament, personality type, expertise, etc. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” mentoring style. And even if there was, it isn’t really what proteges need. They need a variety of kinds of investment. And they also need mentors to be authentic to who they are, available and accessible, as well as vulnerable, courageous, humbly, and candid.
For those of us who desire to identify your mentoring style, here are seven mentoring styles that relate directly to significant mentors that I’ve had in my life. And then if you want to learn more about effective mentoring, I invite you to check out my new book, The Protege Playbook (Missio Publishing, 2014), which dives deeper into what makes effective mentors as well as what one needs to embody the spirit of a protege. Each one of us longs to live a life worthy of the calling God has on our life. Each one of us longs to make a real difference in the lives of others. So I invite you to get a copy of this book, to make a small investment of time to plunge into a very important conversation with eternal significance.
But for now, here are seven unique mentoring styles to help you assess and then empower your mentoring efforts.
The Wise Sage – a maven or expert, someone with great knowledge in one or more fields. They know how to pass on their knowledge in a humble and helpful way, in a way that inspires and moves people to action. The danger is becoming a “know-it-all”, which no one is really drawn to, so stay humble and keep being a learner no matter what you accomplish or become an expert in.
The Opportunity Giver – a person who invites and challenges others into opportunities that stretch them beyond their comfort zone. They do their part to create experiences for proteges to step up or step into doing something new or to challenge them to take a risk. It’s a task or opportunity that they know will stretch the other person and they encourage them to step out in faith.
The Informal Discipler – a person who almost appears like they aren’t mentoring anyone, but behind everything they do, they are strategic, intentional, and focused on who they’re spending time with and what ways they’re seeking to guide another. They are highly relational, mostly informal, but extremely intentional.
The Example Setter – a person of integrity and character in every aspect of their life. They speak loudly and inspire others deeply by who they are. This is a person who isn’t necessarily as vocal or verbal, but still has deep impact because of their character essence. They invite others into their life and remain as accessible as Google so when a protege wants to ask a question or find something out, they’re always there waiting to serve them.
The Coaching Mentor – a person who pushes others, helps them set goals, and ultimately envisions them with a different and better vision for their life. They steer others with intention and focused guidance. People open their lives to them and receive clarity about who they are and where their life is headed. These coaching mentors are often phenomenal question askers and listeners.
The Spiritual Director – a person who actively and intently listens to the stirrings of God’s Spirit and seeks to help another person make sense of God’s activity. People recognize them as spiritual authorities, and posture themselves to be guided by them into hearing God’s voice. These mentors help others not only hear and recognize God’s voice, but challenge them to respond to it. They help others remain attentive and responsive to God, reminding proteges that everything goes back to a person’s relationship with Jesus.
The Caring Counselor – a person who cares for another deeply and knows how to help them through tactful and timely advice-giving as well as offering appropriate perspective on self, others, God, and ministry. People feel genuinely cared about, and like that they have a fellow pilgrim walking with them through life. Empathy and abundant, lasting love is a mark of this kind of mentor.
The Focused Activator – a person who stimulates the spiritual growth of another person, stirs them to take action with their spirituality, sparks them to learn what it means to follow Jesus Christ and to walk closely and consistently with God. They focus on activating the creative spirit that lives within other people but lies dormant. They may seem impatient, but their charging ahead and pushing can actually be what others need to catalyze their passivity and charge them to take personal responsibility.
So what’s your mentoring style? Take some time to reflect on different mentors you’ve had that may fit some or all of these styles. Also, reflect on ways that can help you live more freely and fully into your own mentoring style.
And again, for more learning about being a more effective mentor, check out Protege: A Missio Playbook.Read More
We long to make sense of our story. And our story will only make sense when it’s see in synergy with the bigger story…God’s story.
One woman who lived into this reality was Esther. Her story reveals how one life can make an astounding difference when we choose courage in the face of opposition. So here’s the story of Esther in less than 700 words.
One woman. One life. One powerful God.
Esther is catapulted into another life when forced to leave her home and compete to win the attention of a king who banished his queen, simply for standing up to him. With the help of her adopted father, and an insider in the palace, Esther emerges as the most beautiful, most captivating, and most desired woman among hundreds. She’s chosen to be the king’s prized wife.
Within one year, Esther leaves behind a quiet life buried in a city of common people to begin a new life where she’s now in the spotlight, attached to a powerful and tyrannical king, separated from her friends and family by palace walls that may or may not be the key to her freedom.
Meanwhile, there’s another story developing. Mordecai, Esther’s adopted father, overhears city officials devising a plan to destroy the king. He gets word to the king and the plan is thwarted.
The king survives. Mordecai wins the king’s favor. But unknowingly he creates an enemy within the king’s inner circle—Haman. Haman, a high-standing royal official, takes notice of Mordecai when he refuses to bow down to him. The seeds of hate are planted, and Haman is set on course to do whatever it takes to destroy this man who refuses to bow.
Mordecai overhears another story.
Haman’s hatred spreads like a cancer, beginning with Mordecai, and zeroing in on the Jews. Haman convinces the king that the Jews must be destroyed. The king grants approval in one motion of his signet ring.
Mordecai sends word to Esther that she must help. Esther hesitates. If she involves herself, it may mean her own life.
Mordecai reminds her that she’s not the king’s wife by accident, that she has a role to play in this increasingly real nightmare the Jewish people are living in, and that her position as queen will not ultimately save her if she doesn’t help save her people.
Esther accepts not only Mordecai’s words, but her fate as well. She agrees to approach the king despite the risk of death. Then, she utters the famous words that echo throughout history as she responds to Mordecai’s plea: If I perish, I perish.
As Haman continues to plot Mordecai’s destruction, late one night the king cannot sleep and happens to stumble across the chronicles that remind him how Mordecai once saved his life. He’s moved to honor him.
Meanwhile, Esther is devising a plan of her own. She first approaches the king, not with a request, but an invitation to a banquet held in his honor. The king accepts. Haman is also invited to the queen’s banquet, and is relishing in his increasing influence and status. But although it looks like a banquet, it’s more like an ambush. The king and Haman are in good spirits. The king offers to grant any request the queen has. She begins by attacking the origin of hate. She asks for Haman’s life. The king grants her request.
Haman is brought to justice. Mordecai is honored. But Esther isn’t finished.
She takes one more leap of courage and approaches the king yet again. She begs him to overturn his edict to destroy the Jews. The king agrees.
Esther risked her life. God used her to save her people from genocide.
Justice was carried out. God’s purpose was fulfilled. And Esther found herself in the middle of one of the most dangerous and history-changing epics of all time.
To us, she’s a hero. To Esther, she was just one woman struggling to do her part in a much bigger story.
To us, a reminder that we can rise up to the heights that God calls us to, no matter the risks.
And in our day, God’s story goes on…Read More
For the last decade, as I’m read, studied, and observed millennials, I have come to believe that new approaches of leadership development are necessary. I’ve given lots of thought to how to best develop millennials and this swirl of thoughts eventually became the foundation of my latest book Protege (A Missio Playbook).
There’s no doubt that a fresh approach is essential. For instance, when it comes to mentoring, most millennials I know think about mentoring a lot like they think about google. They want access whenever they want access. They want to be able to text, call, email, or meet up with their mentor. They are less likely to view mentorship as simply having an older, wiser person who meets up with them once per week to talk about a certain set of things. They desire a much more integrated approach. Or second, if in a work context, millennials don’t feel valued if the only time their boss converses to them is about something work related. Often what even happens is that a supervisor really only has serious interaction with millennials if something needs to be corrected or critiqued. This doesn’t fly with millennials. They want relationship that goes beyond this.
Millennials also have a different perspective on calling. For one, they don’t tend to “feel called” to a certain place, at least not for a long period of time. They see the trajectory of their lives differently. They may even say something like, “I plan to be here a couple years and then do something different.” I’ve learned over the years that just because millennials stay 2 or 3 or 4 years and then off they go, that doesn’t necessarily translate into organizational or managerial failure.
These are just a few examples of how millennials tend to function differently. And so for those of us who care deeply about not only being disciples but also making disciples and develop leaders among millennials, I pulled many of my thoughts together about how to engage there emerging adults. They are longing for shared experiences. They are more open than we tend to think. They are competent, but still long for guidance. Often the guidance and “mentoring” emerges in peer-to-peer interactions (that can be fostered with intentionality). And even this – I have found that they really do respect those who have gone before them, and that they want to honor them. But before that exchange really happens deeply and effectively, these emerging adults, or PROTEGES, need to be believed, feel understood, and know that they are cared about.
THIS WEEK ONLY: If you purchase a copy of my book Protege: A Missio Playbook (via http://www.stevesaccone.com), I will send you free copy of PROTEGE: Developing Your Next Generation of Church Leaders.Read More