:The church faces an unprecedented loss of rising generations. Young adults who were active and engaged in the local church are more frequently leaving the community behind after high school. What can we do? Responding to these concerning statistics,...
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:The church faces an unprecedented loss of rising generations. Young adults who were active and engaged in the local church are more frequently leaving the community behind after high school. What can we do? Responding to these concerning statistics, Sharon Galgay Ketcham reflects theologically on the church community and its role in forming faith. She exposes problems in the way leaders conceive of and teach about the relationship between personal faith and the local church, and offers fresh solutions in the form of values and practices that can shape a community into a place where faith will flourish in those both young and old.
Sharon Galgay Ketcham (PhD, Boston College) is a practical theologian at Gordon College. She is a researcher, writer, teacher, and mentor with decades of ministry experience in local churches. She also speaks at local and national church and youth ministry conferences. Sharon lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two children.
- :introduction: Reciprocal Church
- <strong>part 1: A Theological Vision For The Reciprocal Church</strong>
- 1. Eating Melon On Tuesdays: Young People And Faith
- 2. Galloping Mares: The Gospel Without Christ’s Church
- 3. A Vital Identity: God Gathers A People
- 4. A Vital Purpose: Christ Is Reconciling Relationships
- 5. A Vital Avenue: The Spirit Transforms You, Me, And Us
- <strong>part 2: Values And Practices For Flourishing Communities</strong>
- 6. Tetherballs And Floodlights: Valuing Memory
- 7. The Oxpecker’s Gift: Valuing Mutuality
- 8. Seeing Beyond The Epidemic: Recognizing Potential
- 9. Moving Beyond The Epidemic: Valuing Contribution
- 10. Windmills Of Hope: Valuing Maturity
- Epilogue: Faith Flourishes With Practice
- Discussion Questions