#Relevantreligion Twitter chat transcript
January 21 #Relevant Religion Twitter Chat Transcript
Yesterday, leaders from the Columbia Union Conference and, beyond, participated in a Twitter chat to share ideas of how the Seventh-day Adventist Church can better meet the changing needs of Americans. (See more on this topic here.)
— Raj Attken (@RajAttiken) January 21, 2014
@diegosboquer One of the reasons is because how religion is presented. More and more people want relevance and not tradition or ceremony.
@RajAttiken Externals, including church institutions, can become distractions to spiritual quests
@kitesurfpastor (Dave Gemmell) Many religions have answers but no room for questions. Unfortunately for many, life has more questions than answers.
@aucye (Center for Youth Evangelism) Critical distinction between religion & Jesus has been made by the twentysomething generation
@RajAttiken "Religion" can be seen as structure, form, & institution - things people aren't drawn much to, anymore
@RajAttiken The church isn't the center or sole venue for spiritual support for growing number.
@kitesurfpastor Answers came from founders struggling with questions. Answers passed on in the vacuum of questions lack relevance.
Q3. How should we change our evangelism approach for different cultures/ generations? (If at all)
@RajAttiken The story of Jesus is relevant to every culture, faith community, time and place.
@diegosboquer Our evangelism approach should always point to Christ while diving into the culture to sympathize and not criticize.
@diegosboquer Somehow I still believe that the great commission is a lot more about Loving than preaching. Which is the easiest?
@aallanmartin So very true. And when there is loving preaching, all the better.
@diegosboquer Adapting our approach to speak in the vernacular! The message is eternal but its exposition is temporal.
@kitesurfpastor Church is simply a means to the end--the end is Jesus. If the means doesn't work, change the means.
@aallanmartin Is Christ Jesus the main actor? Or is He just making a cameo? Just a supporting actor? Is HE nominated for the Oscar?
Q4. Why are some people afraid of changing our approach as a church or individuals? What would you say to them?
@RajAttiken There is security in the known. Change requires one to embrace the unknown.
@aallanmartin Let's b sensitive 2 the fear, listening closely 2 what approach and methods mean for them. There's a fascinating story there.
@kitesurfpastor The religious package may work for one generation but not the next. Need new wine skins for every generation.
Q5. It seems like more #youngadults are leaving church. How can we change this?
@kitesurfpastor Give Young Adults the responsibility of the gospel.
@RajAttiken Read "Sacred Roots," in Barna Frames
@aallanmartin Authenticity. Young adults want real, honest, transparent relationships.
@aucye Critical distinction between religion & Jesus has been made by the twentysomething generaton.
Q6. via @diegosboquer: How can we still keep our heritage/ "traditions" while adapting without risking a shift or identity within SDA?
@JinJJa (Justin Yang) Healthy traditions & heritage will continue in healthy families. We need to become a healthy family. :)
@diegosboquer AMEN!!!!! It starts in the family!!! POWERFUL!!!
Q7. Many churches/ministries are also getting it right. What are some of the characteristics of a relevant church?
@RajAttiken Devotion to the radical pursuit of God, delighting in his presence
@diegosboquer Churches that are growing are daring greatly without fear of making mistakes. We have more questions than answers.
@kitesurfpastor Acceptance and sense of belonging wherever we are on our spiritual journey.
@COR_CYE They sent their YA Couple on a honeymoon when they couldn't afford to.
@annaromuald Intentional integration and mentorship into the church community as leaders of today
Q8: Why are more people searching for God in today’s world? What does that say to you?
@RajAttiken God is busy in his world, drawing people to himself!
@JinJJa God is desperately to take His children home. :) Thank U today for this chat....
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