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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 3, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310205948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310205944
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,044,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Generation X. Busters. The Lost Generation. The Fatherless Generation. These are the catchphrases used to describe that elusive and mysterious generation of 46 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980. More than that, these are our children, our neighbors, our friends, and fellow employees. Tim Celek and Deiter Zander have learned through years of experience that to win this generation of young people, you have to fight harder for credibility, and you have to love harder to overcome their pasts. But they have also found that reaching them is well worth the effort. Inside the Soul of a New Generation offers a fascinating, inside look at the unique forces that shape this misunderstood generation and shows how pastors, parents, and Baby Boomers of every stripe can minister to their spiritual needs. From practical ways to reach out to Busters and build powerful, Buster-friendly churches, to creating a vital community and empowering Busters for leadership, Celek and Zander show that this generation is not only reachable, but has the potential to effect positive changes both in the church and in the world.

About the Author

Tim Celek is a pastor of one of the earliest 'Buster churches.' Celek is senior pastor of Calvary Church Newport Mesa, in Costa Mesa, CA.

Deiter Zander is a pastor of one of the earliest 'Buster churches.' Zander founded New Song Church in Covina, CA. He is now serving as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, where he is developing a ministry for Busters.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a great starting place for ministers who want to begin to understand the specific needs of Generation X. I found the insights on leadership incredibly helpful. The last chapter is devoted entirely to the study of GenX leadership styles: the need for empowerment, community, coaching (as opposed to dictating)...etc Indeed, the value of this chapter alone is worth the price of the whole book. Careful study and implementation of these informative and practical principles can assist church leadership to steer clear of, or to resolve unnecessary conflict. I highly recommend this book to the wide spectrum of ministers in leadership, from senior pastors to small group leaders.(boomers and busters alike)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1998
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Fantastic, insightful, accurate and not filled with fluff. Celek et al. get to the heart of what makes this midnset tick. Their focus is always biblical and on target. It's great reading for those in the lay ministry or those in full time ministry.
This book will help you understand why reaching Gen X is different than reaching the Boomers. It's different approach to a different group. A must to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1997
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I picked up this book as an afterthought - not really interested in the content - but compelled to by the Holy Sprit. What I found was a book full of insight and encouragement. I felt like someone had finally captured - on paper - the essence of my personal relationship to God and the church. I read this book in several hours - and have passed it on to many friends and members of the clergy. I highly recommend it to young adults who are unsure of their relationship with the church - and to pastors who may be starting a ministry to the next generation of young adults.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam Bennett on March 24, 2000
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Celek and Zander help quantify the philosophies of today's generation as much as possible. They explore several of the many paradoxes in the thought of this demographic. It helped me, as an Xer and church planter, put together a church to reach people like me.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1997
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Generation X is labeled by individuals within the group as speaking up for independence and non- conformity, while the elders are busy referening to them as isolationist. Well, all may be true, but it is through the eyes of spirituality that this generation may become truly connected to each other as well as the church. That is just the goal of this book, bringing together the similarities, and doing it through there hearts. They ask a simple question "How can we bring spirtuality into the Generation X'ers life?". From this standpoint the conversation begins, and the results formulate a wonderful read.
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