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A Glance Inside: Chapter One
Based on a qualitative study of more than thirty young adults (ages 18-35) from diverse denominations and countries serving in various ministry positions, Millennials in Ministry unveils the heart and vision of young leaders for the Christian church today. Highlighting the generational traits, values, and needs of Millennials in ministry, this book offers helpful insights for churches and organizations that are hiring, retaining, and equipping this new generation of leaders.
• Examines key social, behavioral, and psychological drivers to understand and engage the emerging generation of leaders.• Offers tips and strategies for older leaders to engage, mentor, and empower Millennials.• Identifies trends, challenges, and capacities for Millennials serving in a ministry setting.• Includes assessments and evaluations for church and organizational use.
"Jolene Erlacher takes an in-depth look at one of the key reasons Millennials are leaving the church: lack of young leadership. She starts with the problem of this generation not being a part of the church, before diving into solutions discovered through extensive interviews with Millennials who have been disenchanted with the church. This book is a fantastic resource for any ministry leader hoping to keep Millennials on staff during the week and in the seats every Sunday. Giving a perspective on understanding Millennials is a valuable tool in and of itself, but Erlacher's practical steps to keep this generation engaged provides a great resource for older ministry leaders, as well as for Millennials trying to understand what life in ministry is like for their generation." Taylor and Heather, 20schurch.tumblr.com
"This! Finally, a resource for understanding the new shifts in American Christianity. This is a great primer for those seeking to reach, hire, and develop Millennials as leaders." Dave Pafford, Director of Leader Development, Ohio Ministry Network
Jolene Cassellius Erlacher, MA, EdD, grew up in Mexico as the daughter of missionaries. She has extensive experience serving with churches, non-profits and missions agencies. Jolene also worked for almost a decade in Christian higher education, specializing in leadership training, student development and personnel management. During that time, she identified the need for building awareness of generational differences and empowering young leaders as they entered the workplace, especially in ministry contexts. Jolene has a doctorate in leadership and currently works as a trainer and consultant at Leading Tomorrow.
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