Ask me a Question!

Yes the world must be ending – if you look below the comments are open. Part of my work is answering questions that Christian leaders, Churches, Denominations, Mission Agencies, Schools and Christian aid organisations have about Youth and Young Adult culture and faith.

So I though it might be fun to experiment and leave the comments open for the Video Blogs that I put up to allow people to ask questions about Young Adult or Gen Y ministry or maybe about the relationship between Christianity and Culture or anything that you have read on this blog, or maybe something from my book.  

I will try and answer them in upcoming video blogs.  To hear more, watch the video below in which I also answer a question a viewer left me about my last video on Gen Y, Views of God and Helicopter Peerants

6 thoughts on “Ask me a Question!

  1. Hi Mark,

    Lucky me – one of the first to comment! : D

    Referring to your post “Top 10 Christian Idols/Untruths/Myths of our day”, I agree wholeheartedly with all your points, but this one stuck out the most in regards to my experience growing up in church – “Creating spiritual consumers rather than disciples”.

    This year has been a massive paradigm-shifting year, and my concern is spurred on by Mahatma Gandhi’s quote: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

    I think that many young people in the church are aware of this critique and aware that the practices and culture of their churches don’t seem to reflect the Biblical Jesus at all – yet on the flip side it is so hard for young people to go against the grain when our churches are so deeply embedded with the “business-as-usual” methods and practices that reward you for being a passive spiritual consumer.

    I am 26 years of age and I’m heading up our Young Adults group. We have 20 or so Young Adults who have different backgrounds: unchurched, scarred by past church experiences, long-attending church members (who come because of the social nature and their parents attending) with little to no discipleship, and then a core group who have been discipled by church conferences, books and podcasts rather than relational Jesus-type discipleship within our church framework. Can you tell that I’m a little exasperated?

    My passion and drive with our Young Adults is to make disciples that truly reflect the radical, wild Messiah…and I guess my question is – where do you even start when it comes to discipleship? My natural inclination is to find a “Ten Steps to Discipleship” book, but I know that that’s the way I’ve been conditioned to think rather than going the hard route of actually copying the way Jesus embedded his life and teachings to the Twelve.

    Please help me with some clarity! And sorry that my post was so long…

    Kevin – Sydney

  2. Hi Mark
    I liked your 5 things we got wrong post and this part really stood out to me.

    “Thus many EMC missional ventures have become filled with Evangelical and Charismatic church refugees, if you understand this reality and have the patience to build up their faith again over time this can be an advantage, but if you are not aware of this dynamic it can be disastrous.”

    My church plant fell into the second category of disastrous and I’d be keen to hear your thoughts on discerning who’s a refugee that can change and who can’t.

  3. Hey Mark,

    First off, thanks for such an insightful and well-thought out blog. A couple of young adults from my church (including myself) have been wrestling and grappling and seeing our faith in new ways lately, and to know that someone out there is doing the same (albeit more concisely and articulately) is such an encouragement. So thank you.

    I wanted to ask a somewhat random and rather specific question, to do with relationships and the ways in which the church as a whole has dealt with it. Around the mid-90s to the late 00s, there was – as I’m sure you were aware of – a flourishing of Christian literature on purity, abstinence and boundaries. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems as though that’s kind of died down since, and all has been quiet on the ‘relationship’ front. Do you think this was merely the natural decline of a temporary literary trend, or part of a broader shift in the ways that we as a church perceive and understand relationships?

  4. Hi Mark
    I am writing an essay (for a post-grad in Missiology) on what we (‘post-modern’s’) can learn from Paul about establishing and growing new faith communities. It is a fascinating study on Paul as a church planter but also on the current state of the ‘emerging missional church’. Paul’s ability to truly know his audience (contextualise!) and his unapologetic belief in proclaiming Jesus as Lord have revolutionary implications for the contemporary church. I appreciated your thoughts on ‘5 things we got wrong…’ and concur on the whole. My thoughts surrounding the ethnocentricity of the emerging church were vaguely mirrored by your post. And so in the spirit of opportunism, if you have any other thoughts I would love to hear them! I am desperately trying to pull this study thing back into the land of relevance! Thanks. Catherine

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