Yesterday, at a conference in Florida, two participants asked me what I’ve been reading lately that’s stirred my imagination and challenged by assumptions. I share with them that I’ve been rethinking how the church needs to reach out to boomers more intentionally based on Keith Haemmelmann’s book, Growing Older, Thinking Younger. The book reminded me to focus less on who is not participating in our faith community and more on how we can more fully engage those who do come. Keith offers several ways to engage and utilize the many gifts boomers bring to ministry, reminding us not to take this generation for granted.
The other book that’s stirred my imagination was Peter Steinke’s book, A Door Set Open. I recently reread it and found several gems about the importance of mature and motivated leaders, framing problems as opportunities, maintaining a non-anxious presence in time of transition, and grounding change efforts in scripture and theology.
In addition to these two books, I always look forward to reading the most recent edition of John Roberto’s Lifelong Faith Journals which are filled with a treasure trove of insights. I’m guaranteed to get at least a few ideas that I can apply immediately from every article.
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