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Extended Review: I've been a Scott Pontier fan for a few years now. We share a passion for ministry, Star Wars (and other nerdy things), and sarcastic commentary. All three of those can be found in this book, including a reference to adamantium.
Pontier opens the theme of the book, by suggesting that young adults (millennials) are the harbingers of hope for the church. While this book is focused on young adult ministry, he has identified the mistakes that church will need to avoid to successfully continue is redeeming work in future generations. In fact, I would venture to say that as much as this is about young adult ministry, it's truly about the future of the church.
From there, he launches into 6 paradoxes that the church will need to face in order to build a successful ministry to this generation of people. However, after reading the book, I can imagine that if the church chooses not to think and act differently in response that it may very well be the demise of the church. And I wold anticipate the opposite is also true. His words speak great hope that the church can re-embrace its mission focused purpose in its community and the world.
Finally, Pontier offers us steps to guarantee our future failures. For some, this is not the easy simple solution that has been hoped for. Rather, the thriving ministry that church is striving for with young adults, turning "strangers into friends," will only be assured through uncertainty, a repeated process of failing, and the exciting journey of discovery.
I would highly recommend the book to all church leaders. The material will be a great resource for the future ministry of your church.
Scott Pontier and Mark DeVries sing a different tune. Building an active young adult ministry requires time, strategic planning, the right leaders, and prayer. It is about taking the long view.
This book does live up to its billing as “a guidebook for the ordinary church.” Where so many ministry books are written from the perspective of the big church this one is aimed where most of us live: on the average or even below.
The authors call us to understand the here and now in our community and church cultures. It is an awareness that “if we miss out on reaching this generation we will have missed the opportunity of a lifetime.”
I am among the throngs who have failed forward in struggling to provide a vibrant and healthy young adult ministry. Our church leadership has read many books, followed the lead of many “mentors” yet come up short. In the last few years, we finally started asking the right questions, all which were affirmed in this book.
Now I celebrate the arrival of this text which challenges us to read the present culture, think differently and work the plan. These ideas and experience proven words provide a solid foundation for faithfully moving ahead. The appendices in the back are worth the price of the book.
Put this book at the top of your list. Read it, patiently follow the map and walk confidently with your young adults as they become world-changers.