Many 20-Something Are Turning To Informal, Unstructured, Home-Based Worship And Fellowship.
- By Sam George
- Published 10/3/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I read Sarah Cunningham’s book Dear Church: Letters from a Disillusioned Generation (Zondervan, 2006) and realized that it is not just the issue with immigrant churches alone. Todays 20-something are generally disillusioned with the organized institutional religious gathering. Read her interview with Leadership Journal.
Sarah calls herself a “provoactive insider” than a “friendly outside.” She believes in “keeping the faith” and “tradition.” A 28-year-old PK (pastor’s kid) and former megachurch staffer now teaches high school history and is part of a house church now.
Many of these 20-something are turning to informal, unstructured, homebased worship and fellowship. Isn’t how the church was in the first place
Is this tendency to head out of denominations (even non-denominational bodies as well) and gravitate toward churchless christianity something that church leaders be worried about?
Is there a risk of corruption of beliefs, lack of authority, deterioration of quality of worship & teaching, poor governance etc?
Is this a threat to church or a new trend to watch out for? Let me know what you think.