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Why Are So Many And Something Christians Disappearing From The Church They Are Told How Much The Church Wants Young People, Yet There Is Growing Suspicion Among Young Believers About Who Is In And Who Is Out Of The Scope Of Christian Orthodoxy Through This Suspicion, A Rift Between The Generations Has Emerged In The Face Of Frustration, Of Being Cut Out Because They Don T Seem To Fit, Young Believers Often Take Their Gifts And Leave The ChurchThis Book Helps Those Who Feel Displaced By This Generational Collision To Find A Sense Of Place And Welcome With A Church That Is Still Becoming All That God Wants It To Be If You Are A Young Person Who Wonders If There Is A Place In The Church For Someone Like You, Or If You Want To Know If Your Own Church Can Be The Kind Of Body In Which Young People Are Welcome, A Seat At The Table Will Give You A New Personal And Kingdom Perspective Embrace The Challenge To Re Imagine Your Relationship With The Church In Light Of This Generational Collision, Not Seeing It As An Unredeemable Rift, But As An Opportunity To Give And Receive Hospitality

10 thoughts on “A Seat at the Table

  1. says:

    I appreciated A Seat at the Table and would recommend it, especially to those in the Nazarene church who have wondered if the church is wide enough to still include them.The writing itself was a little slow and not entirely engaging at first, but I was eventually pulled into it, mainly by the ideas and the strong arguments that I felt were made in the latter half of the book Perhaps this was partly because I was already well acquainted with the younger generations issues with the church and the decline of churches in general in North America The early chapters are mostly a rearticulation of this, including many references to other articles and works I have already read Here s a good quotation that sets the stage and summarizes my own reflection on the problem Young people can generally find surface level fun anywhere, and when all possibilities for that kind of fun are compared, the church usually isn t the flashiesthundreds of other places stand ready to outpace the church 45 The book begins to sing a little in the middle and latter parts I actually enjoyed the simplifications of several philosophical systems which were used to illustrate the issues The most meaningful parts had to do with what the sacraments should mean for us, how we miss unity when we re so hung up on the particulars, and especially how renewing the practice of hospitality would revitalize the church, not just as a technique, but because it is a crucial and often missing part of the gospel we preach I find it a fascinating parable that hospitality may be the missing ingredient which could draw young believers back to their place in table fellowship.

  2. says:

    I read this book for an assignment for my Issues in Youth Ministry class I wanted to research emerging adults and trends based on their religious beliefs..but for my own personal quest, it was about answering a question that had been echoing in my heart for such a long time.For awhile, I ve dealt with the feeling of distance in my church community and sometimes plural commmunitieschurches I ve been part of, or visited and I couldn t understand why This book really helped sharpen my understanding of those emotions the isolation, doubt and depression associated with feeling out of place The stories the authors provided along with their insights about the ambigious emerging adult generation are helpfu for both emerging adults and the church that is wondering why they are disappearing from their church congregations I can definitely say I not only feel empowered from this book, but convicted in my realization that it s my responsibility to make a place for myself in the church.

  3. says:

    This is a good book with some great stories about finding a seat at the table The inclusive welcome of Christian fellowship takes on surprising shape as we discover that Jesus is both host and meal in which we share This fellowship is hard work because it is about unity, not uniformity Sometimes those differences can be received as a threat to our own way of life However, communion is only possible where there is difference I think this can be a helpful book for those that feel they may not have a place in the Church.