Day 5: (strength·en) Next Generation
Turning the Tide
Children and teenagers constitute 34 percent of our U.S. population, making them the largest demographic age group in our country. These kids are growing up in a digital age, as well as in a world dramatically shaped by the Great Recession of 2008 and the war on terror. They have never known a world without the fear of an active shooter, and they struggle with anxiety and depression more than any generation in history. In the wake of this intensity, they are very open and receptive to spiritual conversations and have every intention to change the world.
In 2017, there were more people in America who chose not to affiliate with any religion than there were Protestants. In fact, recent statistics tell us that 34 percent of America falls into that category. Given that many adults have left the church, this leaves a new generation growing up with an unbiased opinion toward God.
Matthew 9:35-38 reminds us that the harvest is abundant, but the workers are few, so we should pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers.
There is a harvest of souls in this generation of children and teenagers. Over the past year as Georgia Baptists, we have witnessed over 10,000 commitments among the next generation to begin a relationship with Jesus, choose to follow in baptism, commit to full-time ministry, or rise to the challenge to share Jesus on campus. These were all students who are committed to making a difference in the world.
The NextGen ministry of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board is committed to helping the local church be positioned to engage this generation with the gospel through coaching, networking, resourcing, and conferences. Your Mission Georgia Offering will enable us to serve more churches and in turn reach more students for Christ.
Pray for Strengthening Of the Next Generation By:
- Pleading for students to respond to God’s call for full-time ministry and commit to lead this next generation.
- Encouraging parents to joyfully assume their God-given role as the primary disciple-maker of their children.
- Believing that children and students will fall in love with Jesus and His Word.