One of the more interesting conversations happening in church circles these days relates to a book by pollster George Barna. Trends that he is tracking have caused him to theorize a startling conclusion about a group of people he labels church "revolutionaries." These are individuals (often young emergents) who are deeply committed to Christ and want more of God in their lives, yet are frustrated by the local church's attempt to satisfy that longing. Barna goes on to explain about how many of these individuals have either stopped attending services altogether or instead are crafting entirely new spiritual environments that draw them closer to God and other believers without the help of conventional church. His prediction that within the next five years young adults will boldly introduce a blizzard of unique expressions of faith that will cause a heightened tension with the older generations of believers.
Bad news, huh? Guess the church is doomed.
Or is it?
There are some interesting alternative thoughts to this conversation. One campus that is firmly committed to having a dialogue with the college students it cares for has gone public in its boldness about it. Click here for a viewpoint that seems to take on a proactive response to Barna's thoughts.