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A New Approach for the Church...

Helping college students and 20-somethings today—the “Millennial Generation”—engage with the church seems nearly impossible. Everywhere you look you find churches trying the same stop-and- start, can’t-quite- get-it- to-work, and copy-the- church-down- the-street methods of trying to reach young adults…. and none of it seems to work.

But what if it doesn’t have to be that way?

What if success with young adults is within the grasp of every church?

Before we throw in the towel on an entire generation with tremendous potential to change the church (and the world), it’s time to consider a new approach.

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Chapters

Part I: Uncovering What Is Normal

1. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Millennials? A Ruthlessly Honest Snapshot of the State of Today’s Young Adult Ministry

2. Mistake #1: Learn About Millennials

3. Mistake #2: Change the Worship Style

4. Mistake #3: Expect the Youth Director to Do It

5. Mistake #4: Start by Creating a Young Adult Program

6. Mistake #5: Wait Until They’re Ready

7. Mistake #6: Give Up Too Soon

Part II: Thinking Differently

8. Beyond Fixing

9. Paradox #1: Succeed by Being Willing to Fail

10. Paradox #2: Focus on Young Adults by Taking the Focus off Young Adults

11. Paradox #3: Reach Young People by Gathering More Old People

12. Paradox #4: Reach One Young Adult at a Time Through a System to Reach Them All

13. Paradox #5: Respond to Lack of Commitment by Asking for More

14. Paradox #6: Attract Young Adults to Your Church by Sending Them Away

Part III: Drafting the Roadmap

15. I Don’t Know...Yet. Practicing the Long Obedience

16. Failure Isn’t an Option—It’s a Certainty

Meet the Authors

Scott Pontier

Scott Pontier is the founding and lead pastor of Jamestown Harbor Church, one of the Harbor Churches, a multisite church in West Michigan. Scott’s ministry began 1997 and he has since worked extensively with teenagers, college students, and young adults by starting new ministry and launching young people into ministry of their own.  He is an unabashed recruiter and equipper and is passionate about church multiplication and leadership development.  Scott is an avid triathlete and outdoorsman and he and his wife, Cindy have two boys.

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Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries, a graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary, is the founder and president of Ministry Architects, the co-founder of Ministry Incubators, and the author of several books including Sustainable Youth Ministry and Family Based Youth Ministry.  For 28 years, Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, Tennessee, where he continues to serve as Associate Pastor of New Projects.  Mark and his wife Susan have three grown children and three grandchildren.

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