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Questions Millennials Ask about Jesus

By July 30, 2016 No Comments

by Warren Bird

cover2Like many others, I’m wanting to understand more about engaging Millennials — the group whose ages are late teens to early thirties, by broadest definition. Beyond the stereotypes of their constant use of technology, how do they think? What questions do they have?

The book What Good Is Jesus? takes you to the front lines as a young adult pastor recounts his experiences in trying to engage and better understand his own generation.

Marv captures well the skepticism, honest inquiry, and distinct value base of his generation. He models how leaders, by asking questions, can find greater responsiveness and receptivity. He doesn’t avoid tough questions, but instead tackles issues head-on with love and wisdom, examining sexuality, politics, racial tensions, suffering, and more.

Marv also unpacks how to be authentic and vulnerable, while keeping the focus on Jesus, not the speaker. He decodes the power of relationships in answering tough questions. The strength of having personal connections can help you, as Marv demonstrates, not back down from going after the tough issues millennials bring up.

You can get the book here at marvnelson.com or here on Amazon.

And yes, if you study the cover image, you’ll see my name. I enthusiastically wrote the Foreword to the book.

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Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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