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For the Bookshelf: The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation

Rainer, Thom S., Rainer, Jess W., The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation. LifeWay Christian Research, B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011.

By guest blogger Pat Olds

The context and content of this book is an “old school vs. new school” dialogue: interpretation and insight between two generations, a baby boomer father (1946-1964) and his Millennial adult son (1982-1994). The intergenerational dialogue is undergirded by a survey study of 1,200 Millennial adult respondents, males (51%) and females (49%); white (61%), African American (14%), Hispanic (19%), Asian (5%) and Multiethnic (1%). The categories surveyed and evaluated were norms, values, motivation, diversity between young and old, lifestyles, work environments, finances, future outlook, relationships – marriage, children, elders, friends, coworkers and mentors, leadership, communication and religion, soul views. The father-son millennial study of post-moderates life experiences reveals the character traits of “typical” Millennial adults includes: self-expressive, teachable, financially confused, technology savvy educated and opened to different world views.

The survey results characterized the millennial adults as being: Continue reading For the Bookshelf: The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation

For the Bookshelf: To Know as We Are Known

By guest blogger Nancy Rock Poti

In To Know As We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey by Parker J. Palmer (San Francisco, CA: HarperOne, , 1993, 160 pp, $13.95 ISBN-10: 0060664517), author, activist, teacher and nationally recognized educational expert, offers a new model for knowing, learning and teaching. He engages the reader in an exploration of how mind and heart can work together in seeking truth, pointing to education for whole persons, which includes not only cognitive learning but also emotional learning. He admits that he is searching for a “holistic way” of knowing which can be translated into practical ways to teach and to learn. He seeks to offer through his writing “a way of knowing and educating that might heal rather then wound us and our world” (Palmer, p. 2), the latter of which he posits conventional education has indeed done in objectifying people and things. Continue reading For the Bookshelf: To Know as We Are Known

For the Bookshelf: Seeds for the Future

By guest blogger Adam Tyler

Opening this “seed catalog,” as author Bob Dale calls his book on organic church leadership, Seeds for the Future: Growing Organic Leaders for Living Churches (St. Louis, MO: Lake Hickory Resources, 2005), you are struck almost immediately by central themes of growth, cultivation, and numerous agricultural metaphors integral to this work. Dale takes the challenges of congregational leadership and lays out a path that pushes readers to evaluate themselves as church leaders and their church as faith communities.

Dale looks at the entire process of developing leaders in three different sections. In the first, he looks at individuals, the church, and the already-functioning nature of that church. This section encourages leaders to evaluate themselves and where they need to grow. It also pushes leaders to an understanding that churches are living, vibrant congregations that must be understood as they are before change can occur, and that change is already happening. Section 1 is about understanding what is before moving on to what will come. Continue reading For the Bookshelf: Seeds for the Future

For the Bookshelf: The Year 1000

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Sixteen years into the new millennium has diminished the novelty of that turn of the calendar. I can’t remember when was the last article or workshop I’ve seen with a reference on how to anticipate and address some concern “in the next millennium” or “in the new millennium.” I, for one, am glad of it.

Reading history gives perspective and I try to read as much of it as I can. I finally got down the “to-read” books pile deep enough to pull out a book nine years in the waiting. And Robert Lacey’s The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium (New York: Little, Brown and Co., 1999) was worth the wait. Continue reading For the Bookshelf: The Year 1000

For the Bookshelf: Teaming Up

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

The move from rigid and isolated “committees” to a “team approach” continues in many congregations. Sometimes that movement is not much more than a re-organization and re-labeling that result in very little change. The fact is, as I like to say, it’s not what you call it, it’s how it functions. But Ginny Ward Holderness and Robert S. Hay provide a sound understanding of the “team approach” in their book, Teaming Up: Shared Leadership in Youth Ministry (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 1997). Continue reading For the Bookshelf: Teaming Up