What does it take to transform a dwindling congregation into a spiritual home for future generations?
A church’s life may depend upon its ability to pass the torch of faith to future generations of believers—but when young people stop walking through the sanctuary doors, does that mean it’s time for a church to reinvent itself?
That’s the question at the heart of Lee Kricher’s latest bookFor a New Generation: A Practical Guide for Revitalizing Your Church. As the senior pastor of Amplify Church in Pittsburgh, Kricher managed a difficult feat: Starting in 2003, he helped turn a congregation that was aging into extinction into what he calls a “new generation church”—a church whose congregants’ average age now matches the average age of its surrounding community. Now, he’s doing what he can to help other churches evaluate their programs, ministries, and practices with fresh eyes fixed on giving young people a place before the altar.
On this week’s episode of The Calling, CT managing editor Richard Clark joins Kricher for a conversation about how churches can create a compelling space for young people without sacrificing the integrity of the gospel they preach…