The Bible and Gen Z--episode 39

We live in the information age, and a large proportion of Gen Z people are getting their information from people who have acquired YouTube celebrity, sometimes without much substance to their work. We seem to always be looking to the next newest information, and we sometimes begin to act like any knowledge from former times is irrelevant to our daily lives. Therefore, it is important to help younger generations understand that although the Bible is an ancient text, it has a very high degree of reliability.

To that end, Chris shares five points to make about scripture to help younger skeptical individuals understand how best to engage it.

(In this podcast there is an excerpt of Alister McGrath speaking on the authenticity of the Bible. The entirety of the piece from which this came can be viewed here.)


Pursuing truth--episode 38

Chris Abel hosts Bruce Nuffer in a discussion about how a Gen Xer uses a Millennial approach to his reasoning that causes him to reconsider long-held positions on environmentalism. While the thinking process described is not unique to Millennials, as a generation they are largely characterized by a similar pursuit of truth and wrestle with the findings of science and reconciling those findings with scripture.

FOMO--episode 37

A cursory review of contemporary marketing indicates that advertisers are targeting Millennials by linking their products to experiences. But does this cause anxiety for Millennials who begin to feel like they are missing out on what life has to offer? There is even a new term to describe this (FOMO—fear of missing out). While the fear of missing out is not new, the use of social media heightens this sense and is at least part of why the use of social media can lead to depression.

4 Steps for Change in the Local Church--episode 36

Every faith community has a story, and that story is shaped by the shared history of the people of the community trying to live together. However, sometimes we put the culture of our community aside when we are looking at what might need to change. But shouldn’t it be first instead of last? In this podcast, Chris and Chris discuss 4 steps for change in the local church.

Millennials and Gen Z In the News--episode 35

The world’s biggest problems today according to Millennials include:

Chris and Chris discuss the things that Millennials list as their top ten concerns.

Guest Sarah Heath--episode 34

Sarah Heath, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa, CA, joins Chris Abel on this week’s podcast. Sarah tells the story of the restart of a hundred year-old church where all six generations are now represented in one location. A church with a lot of history has weathered a lot of difficult times, and creating change must happen in the context of the experiences that members have carried for a long time. How does one create a new environment amidst individuals who have been bruised and burned over the years?

Practical ministry to young adults—episode 33

In this episode, Chris Abel suggests three specific ways church leaders can make sure they are on the right track with young adult ministry. Those ways include:

Pay attention to your environment—Be watching and listening to what is going on in your setting. You should be uniquely focused on the context of your environment, and understand that part of your environment is what people think about your church even if they do not attend. You must be a student of your specific culture.

Distribute your leadership—Chris shares an experiment he has been pursuing in his own ministry setting to push the leadership responsibilities to members of the group. Every church leader is going to need a team; what are you doing to create your team?

Tap into all generations—No one agonizes over young people like the parents of young people. Many young people will come to your church because of their connections with the older adults in their lives.

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Smart phones--episode 32

How is social media changing the depth of our relationships? Statistics indicate that the more social media a person has in his or her life, the greater that person’s odds of having depression. Research indicates that “all screen activities are linked to less happiness and all non-screen activities are linked to greater health.” Millennials have heard horror stories about their peers who have been vulnerable with their church communities and have been condemned or punished for it. It’s hard to imagine that Gen Z and Millennials are going to be making their way to a local church to find community, so what are we going to do to facilitate community and healing outside of our churches?


"When I was your age"--episode 31

What do Millennials hear when someone says, “When I was your age…”? Today’s podcast focuses on a few phrases that Millennials sometimes hear from other generations, and how they may be interpreting those phrases regardless of what those who say them intend. Some of our responses just come from the fact that we are busy, stressed, or just don’t want to think about what has been suggested. What kinds of responses can we give to Millennials that will validate them?

Are millennials "over" church?--episode 30

Chris and Chris discuss an article about millennials and church (you can read that article here: Items being discussed include the importance of listening, helping the poor, and talking about controversial issues.