- How important is it to you personally that your church continue to have positive impact for future generations?
- How confident do you feel that your church is effectively reaching (or will continue to effectively reach) the next generation—those who are younger than the average age of your community?
- What indicators are there, if any, that your church may be more focused on keeping the people who already attend more than reaching people, including the next generation?
- What could be done to make the children’s and youth ministry at your church irresistible both now and in the future?
- Do you think that your church’s weekend services (including the musical style and excellence) have a positive, neutral, or negative effect on your church’s ability to reach the next generation?
- Do you think that modest changes in your church’s approach will be sufficient to reach the next generation or will it take significant change? Why?
- What is the current “level of courage” in your church for the kind of changes that you think it will take to reach the next generation? What is your personal level of courage?
- What do you think our responsibility is when it comes to paving the way for the next generation?
- What can you do personally to make sure that your church becomes and remains a new generation church?
— Lee Kricher, adapted from his new book For a New Generation: A Practical Guide for Revitalizing Your Church.
How to Use This Book
For a New Generation will help you evaluate and change, as needed, your church’s programs, ministries and practices in order to more effectively connect with—and stay connected with—the next generation.
Andy Stanley writes, “Lee Kricher is the first person I know who transitioned a struggling and aging church into one that unchurched people love to attend. He’s the expert I point people to with questions about transitioning a church. Now he’s sharing the principles he learned. If you want to ensure that your church is positioned to reach the next generation, For a New Generation is a great place to start.”
About the author, Lee Kricher: After 13 years of working for two of the premier leadership development firms in the world, Kricher returned to the role of senior pastor of Amplify Church, the church he founded with his wife, Linda. During the ten years that followed, the church not only experienced significant growth, but the average age of the members and attendees decreased from approximately 50 to 35 years old.