Saturday, May 28, 2016

Effective Generational Ministry: A Book Review

About The Book:

Understanding generational differences is a key to effective ministry in a multigenerational church. Too many churches and parachurch organizations know too little about the similarities and differences among the three largest generations that make up the American populace today, and the church often suffers because of it. Effective Generational Ministry offers students and practitioners cutting-edge research and biblical analysis of Boomers (1946-1964), GenXers (1965-1981), and Millennials (1982-2001) so churches can minister more effectively within and across generational lines.

The authors, one an expert on generational differences and the other a respected New Testament scholar, represent different generations and areas of expertise. Effective Generational Ministryexplores key characteristics of each generation based on empirical research, provides biblical-theological analysis of generational attributes, and offers specific suggestions for ministry with and for each generation. The book also provides proven examples of intergenerational ministry.

1. Boomers at Large
2. Boomers in Light of the Bible
3. Priorities for Ministry with Boomers
4. Generation X: The Lost Middle Child
5. Xers in Light of the Bible
6. Priorities for Ministry with Xers
7. Millennials: Apple of the Eye
8. Millennials in Light of the Bible
9. Priorities for Ministry with Millennials: Getting in the Game

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Elisabeth A. Nesbit Sbanotto (PhD, University of Arkansas) is assistant professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and the author ofGenerational Affiliation as a Component of Culture. She is a registered psychotherapist and maintains a private counseling practice in Littleton, Colorado.

Craig L. Blomberg (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, where he has taught for more than twenty-five years. He is the author or editor of numerous books, includingCan We Still Believe the Bible?A Handbook of New Testament ExegesisJesus and the GospelsThe Historical Reliability of the GospelsPreaching the ParablesMaking Sense of the New Testament, and commentaries on Matthew, 1 Corinthians, and James.

My Review:

Over the years one struggle that I have seen in the church's that I have attended was how to bring all the generations together as we serve one God and Father. This is often a very real struggle and difficult to overcome for many churches. How does a church reach Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millenials effectively, yet meet the needs of each group of people in a way that honors them and God alike? Well, authors Craig Blomberg and Elisabeth Nesbit Sbanotto have done a wonderful job of looking at the issue of multi-generational ministry with practical and biblically strong advice. While this book is very big, and at times very academic, it is very well written and perfect for any pastor to have in their ministry library! It is not necessarily a how-to book but rather an encouraging read that will guide us to reaching all generations where they are not, not where we want them to be. This is so important because we can all learn from one another regardless of age and this is how God wants it to be! 

A great read that I highly recommend. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Effective Generational Ministry at your favorite Christian Book Retailer from Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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