Where Are The Millenials?
s churches across America reconstruct the culture of their congregations to be conducive for millennials, Christians are left with many questions. Where does tradition fit in the church? Why is church attendance decreasing? Where are the millennials? In a study by the Pew Researcher, it was discovered that half of surveyed millennials believe in God, but only 28% of them attend church weekly, 36% seldom or never pray and 53% never engage in reading scripture. According to a Gallup Poll, when asked why they’ve left religion behind, many cited “logic, lack of evidence, common sense and science.” Many also said “too many Christians doing unchristian things”, sexual abuse scandals, and organized religious groups being more divisive than uniting. After speaking with millennials, I’ve witnessed some of their frustration with religious leaders. Many young people detest leaders that guilt parishioners into giving to the point of personal Written by: Jheni Gibson financial depletion. Others complain that religious leaders seem out of touch with what millennials struggle with most, and don’t assert enough effort to get to know the younger generation. Furthermore, many leaders also lack practical teaching to help youth to even get through the week.
As pastors become familiar with these issues and shape their churches to fit the needs of a new generation, they meet millennials that question God’s existence all together. Youth have begun to ask bigger questions about God, and themselves; and vague answers are unacceptable. These large issues and often unanswered questions have driven youth away from the church to rely on the universe, or just themselves. In reaction to this paradigm shift, the progressive church has emerged. The progressive church is more than an added coffee shop to the church lobby and jeans on Sundays. Religious progression is about stripping the church of tradition with no biblical basis and simply providing a place for people everywhere to truly experience the love of God. These churches have attracted record breaking amounts of millennials and introduced them to a life with Jesus — the ultimate goal of the church.
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n today’s world of Are IDisorders Healthcare, Sleep have become some of the You most talked about Conditions, Sleeping? Medical more than ever before. I believe it’s simply because people are now being educated on the severity of these conditions. Let’s examine the human body. It moves and operates similar to a computer (its constantly running) but just as we shut down or reboot our computers, our bodies need to do the same. Proper sleep restores the mind and body Written by: Kisha Wright
which helps the organs, emotions, and nervous systems function properly. Statistics show there are several sleeping disorders such as (but not limited to) Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Insomnia, hypersomnia and Restless Legs Syndrome. Symptoms may go undetected because individuals who work hard, have extremely busy schedules, and/or lifestyles may not pay attention to the warning signs or seek medical attention. Sleep Disorder is one medical condition that should Continued on page 4
The Importance of Church Security and Policy
s believers we trust in God to protect us, however that does not mean churches should neglect basic necessities such as providing a sense of security. On the evening of June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old domestic terrorist and white supremacist, killed nine people during a prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina. This is one unfortunate incident that could have been prevented with the help of proper church security, policing, and a crisis management plan in place. November 5, 2017 a mass shooting occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles east of the city of San Antonio. The gunman, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley of nearby New Braunfels, killed 26 and injured 20 others. The attack was the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in Texas, the fifth-deadliest mass shooting in the United States, as well as the deadliest shooting in an American place of worship in modern history, surpassing the Charleston church shooting of 2015. This is another tragic incident where innocent people’s lives were taken due to the lack of proper emergency planning. In 2018, mass shootings were no longer restricted to schools, college campuses or malls, but these terrorizing events occurred in our places of worship. I believe now is the time to put practical practices in place to insure the safety of God’s people. For
example. I pray and trust God to watch over me while I drive, but that doesn’t mean I drive without car insurance; and I believe God will protect me from sickness and diseases, but I still have health insurance. Churches have an obligation to provide a sense of security for their members, staff and guests — just like other establishments that are open to the public. Armed security/off duty police act as a visual deterrent and also give members a sense of protection. I am a big advocate for having trained armed personnel on church grounds, who can respond to armed assailants. If high schools and colleges have police and armed security, churches should be no different. One thing about evil — we can’t predict when and where it will occur. However, churches can and should be properly prepared to respond. Written By: Derrick Cuffie
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not go undetected. Some symptoms of this disorder include tiredness, fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness, lack of sleep, concentration, and cognitive (such as thinking) abilities; snoring, breathing pauses (Apnea), Nocturia (nighttime urination), Enuresis (bed wetting), Sleep Movement Behaviors and more. Sleeping Disorders may not only affect ones ability to function daily, but could cause or further the progression of those who have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Diabetes, Depression,
Hypertension, Obesity, Weight Gain, and Unstable Appetites. Sleep disorders do not discriminate and have no favorites; They affect people of all races, genders and ages. If you or someone you know is experiencing Sleep Disorder Symptoms, talk to your doctor about it and get help. Take the next step to get proper rest so that you can Walk in Divine Intention, feeling your absolute best!! Resources: http://www.americansleepmedicine.com https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems
hope you enjoyed this edition of Soar. As always, my goal for this newsletter is to help and encourage our readers with a variety of insight to live a well-balanced life of abundance in Christ. Knowing is learning, Sharing is giving, Soaring is reaching to love beyond measures â€” when we extend this, together we can make a difference. Thanks to our Newsletter Team and all of our participants for your hard work and submissions for this fourth edition of Soar.
Kisha Wright, Chief Editor