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Generation Rising: A Future with Hope for The United Methodist Church [Kindle Edition]

Andrew C. Thompson
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Computers, mass media, consumerism, and family instability have transformed our society dramatically over the past three decades. These cultural shifts undermine the stability of real, authentic community and make it more difficult to fulfill God's call to live in love and connection to one another. Jesus calls us to reconciliation, but life today moves toward ever-more alienation.

The adults now known as Generation X had a unique firsthand experience of the cultural shifts now affecting the way the church works in the world. Growing up, Gen Xers were isolated and independent and had no common cause in terms of war or revolution, but had a common experience of life as increasingly less concrete, increasingly more detached. Because of this, Gen X Christians have a deep hunger for authentic community and the possibility of lifelong growth in grace because those things have become more and more difficult to achieve.

Generation Rising is the collaboration of twelve Gen X authors who believe passionately that the Wesleyan vision of Christian discipleship in the holy community called church is the most exciting life we can live. They offer a vision of what the United Methodist Church could be, if we will faithfully respond to the call God continues to give us, and where our very identity as disciples will never be separated from the community God calls us to join.

Contributors include: Sarah Arthur, Presian Burroughs, Jeffrey Conklin-Miller, Timothy R. Eberhart, Joy J. Moore, Julie O'Neal, Arnold S. Oh, Douglas Powe, Shane Raynor, Andrew C. Thompson, Eric Van Meter, and Kevin M. Watson

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About the Author

Andrew C. Thompson is a pastor in the United Methodist Church who has served congregations in Tennessee, Arkansas, and North Carolina. He currently teaches Wesleyan theology at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tenn. Andrew writes "Gen-X Rising," a bi-weekly column in the United Methodist Reporter that reaches over 120,000 people in its print and online editions. He blogs on his personal website at

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  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426710208
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U5GB6S
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Hopeful Ways Forward May 14, 2011
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Andrew Thompson has pulled together a diverse cast of Gen-X writers with one thing in common: they're United Methodists who belief the United Methodist Church can have a vibrant future making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Many United Methodist Christians wonder if their denominational body can be a viable force for good in the future. "Generation Rising" features a range of voices who all believe the UMC can regain vitality for the sake of God's kingdom on earth. They offer different solutions but no silver bullets to overcome every challenge the UMC faces.

Every chapter is written by a different author (Andrew wrote the first chapter, along with the introduction and epilogue). Some of the essays are fantastic - pure gold, including those by Sarah Arthur, Kevin M. Watson and Shane Raynor to name a few. Others are less engaging, usually because the author chose to address their "pet issue" instead of addressing a specific challenge facing the UMC. Nevertheless, the book is well worth reading for the many quality essays.

Andrew is an ordained United Methodist pastor, long-time blogger at and a rising Wesley scholar. "Generation Rising" should be read by anyone who cares about a vibrant future for the Wesleyan-Methodist tradition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Much Conversation and Little Action April 26, 2011
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I recently received a copy of Generation Rising: A Future with Hope for the United Methodist Church from Abingdon Press to review. I finished reading it yesterday on my day off after Easter Sunday. The book consists of 12 chapters written by different authors, who are all members of Generation X and The United Methodist Church. According to the Introduction,
"There is one thing that is lacking in recent books on Wesleyan renewal in the church, though: the voice of a younger generation. The book in your hands wants to fill that gap by casting a vision for the church's future by United Methodists who fall into the Generation X category" (xii).
The topics addressed include: discipleship, Holy Communion, preaching, evangelism, small groups, missions, race, ecology, youth ministry, young adults, ordination and internet ministry.

The chapters about preaching, small groups and internet ministry were outstanding chapters of the book that were well written and provided helpful reflections on the history of The United Methodist Church that are relevant to life in ministry today. Unfortunately, much of the rest of the content in this book was musings and reflection on what "might" or "could" be in the future of the denomination. This was frustrating. While the purpose of the book was to add the voice of a younger generation to recent books on Wesleyan renewal, I would have much preferred a book about Wesleyan renewal that focused on fruit born in the life of a local church. As a mashup of Toby Keith and Elvis Presley lyrics suggests, it is time for a little less conversation and a lot more action.

I recommend this book if you want to hear the voice of Generation X in the United Methodist Church.
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