"The church does not have a Millennial problem, it has a discipleship problem" shared Grant Skeldon on Saturday. Grant is a speaker and forthcoming author on the Millennial generation. The Philadelphia Gospel Movement hosted him as our city is no exception to the national pattern of Millennials not attending or being given opportunities to lead within churches.
At our multi-racial and multi-generational event, Grant shared how most church events are based around listening to either a pastor or worship band. He pointed out that in an age of podcasts, content is no longer the draw it once was. Instead, he highlighted discipleship, especially cross-generational, as a powerful and unique tool to transform lives and our world.
Grant minimized the burden of creating content during discipleship times while sharing the blessing of disciples just being able to tag along and observe the day to day life of the discipler - such as mundane meal times of godly families. He challenged us to share our personal calendars with our disciples to have them observe/assist our everyday lives.
Finally, he lead us through Ephesians 4:11-12, which reads:
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry
Grant pointed out that churches/pastors tend to have shepherding/teaching gifts while many non-profit leaders have apostolic, prophetic, or evangelistic giftings. He spoke of the typical characteristics of the latter group, rather than speaking of them as current day offices per se. Far from a lazy generation, Millennials throw themselves into non-profit causes. Grant challenged churches to find ways to commission, highlight, and utilize those with these former gifts so that saints would be equipped for the work of ministry. This spurred such conversation that not a person left even a half hour after the event was supposed to be over!
Grant’s presentation was an overview of his book coming out in one month. The title is The Passion Generation. For more, go to www.grantskeldon.com
Special Thanks to Liberti Church for hosting this special event.