Green Key Books
Trust me--this title was not chosen for a sensationalist appeal. The authors present startling facts about the declining faith of the younger generation, therefore revealing a situation that needs to be addressed in the immediate future. A credible sense of urgency is maintained throughout the book, as readers are shown an overall view of the current crisis. Realistic approaches to this problem are presented, with further help being offered through the True Foundations web site.
A steady progression of statistics chronicles the watering down of our young people’s faith and poses reasons for this situation. Although children are being nurtured in Christian homes and churches, a vital connection to Christ is missing. Biblical absolutes are being modified for today’s world, thereby redefining basic principles. Youth programs majoring in entertainment offer little in the way of mentoring, leaving this generation with a hunger that needs to be filled. When students leave for college, they are also leaving behind their parent’s concept of church, choosing instead a more modern or relevant way to worship.
Although the picture looks bleak, the authors give strong encouragement that this situation can be turned around. After clearly defining the issue, a blueprint is offered to rebuild the true foundation of the Christian faith. Restoring Jesus Christ to His rightful place of preeminence and power leads the list. Ideas for a process-driven ministry are discussed, along with specific strategies for improving the spiritual education of our young people.
The authors present a sound case for this crisis, and every reader should feel motivated to improve this situation. Although this book actively promotes the ministry materials available at their web site, it’s comforting to know that they have developed an aggressive program for reaching what may be The Last Christian Generation. – Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com
The research on the current generation of young people reveals an alarming fact: they have redefined what it means to be Christian. The majority of our churched young people do not believe Christ is the Son of God, do not believe the Holy Spirit is a real entity, and think 'doing good' earns them a place in heaven. And just as disturbing is the fact that their attitudes and behavior are virtually no different than those of non-Christians.
In this defining message of his 40 years of ministry, Josh McDowell strikes at the heart of the problem and offers a clear solution. "We must bring this new generation face to face with who Christ really is," Josh explains. "They know the facts, but they don't know Him. They are believing distorted views of Christianity. This means we must first model Christlikeness to them and then continually lead them through a basic spiritual formation process that sets them on a solid foundation for building a life that is authentically Christian."
The Last Christian Generation documents the urgency of the crisis but also provides a fresh revelation of the heart of God through seven lifelong responses of a true follower of Christ – a definitive "Christianity 101." Josh makes a ground-breaking case for the need to move from program-driven to process-driven ministry. Reintroduce the real and relevant Christ to your young people, lead them through the process of Christlikeness and you may very well ignite a spiritual revolution for an entire generation.