Posted on September 4, by Johnathan Richards There is an expression that the church is always one generation away from extinction. With this truth in mind it should be self-evident that churches ought to take seriously their commitment to ministry to the youth, to teenagers. If the youth are the church of tomorrow then they need to be a priority in the church today.
This generation has a series of understandings and emotions that the previous generations did not possess and therefore, we must always give them the benefit of the doubt. At the same time, they also have some corrupt thoughts and negative ethical traits which must be removed from their character.
It is not possible to remove these traits from them without keeping in mind and respecting the good qualities that the youth possess — meaning their understandings, emotions and their other noble traits and qualities — thus, we must show respect to them in these regards.
There is no dead end in life. In the previous generations, the thoughts and minds of the people were not as open as the generation of today. These emotions and good qualities were not present in the people of the past, and thus we must show respect to the youth for their noble qualities — and it is Islam itself which has shown respect to these traits.
If we do not wish to pay attention to these issues, then it is impossible to think that we will be able to take charge and remove the intellectual perversions and the negative ethical traits from the future generations.
The method that we have presently taken in the face of this generation is that of making faces at them, criticizing them, and slandering them. We are continuously crying out to them that the movie cinemas are like this, the theatres are such, the guest houses that exist between Shamiran and Tehran two cities in Iran are such and such; the dance halls are like this, the swimming pools are such and thus we continuously cry out about the corruption in all of these places and we must know that this is not the correct method to follow.
We must return back to the original reason for the corruption found in these places and why this new generation should not go to these places.Boomers, Xers, and Millennials: Who are They and What Do They Really Want BOOmErS, XErS And mILLEnnIALS ContinUing HigHer eDUCation review, Vol.
72, One in five lives in poverty and home ownership for young adults fell for this generation (Strauss and Howe, , p. ). I have no doubts that this younger generation of journalists will maintain the credibility of the press because they are so talented, and they receive guidance from seasoned professionals in the field.
Young Millennials have learned to adapt to new technologies, from 54k modems to iPods and MySpace and Google Maps SMS and tablets. The young generation Z, meanwhile, were born during the transition to the digital age, often knowing surf the Internet before they can even walk.
Much later, during the s and s, American and European companies reinvented the philosophy as a way to train young adults into engineering and other technical fields to support career development strategies.
Sadly today, the methods and practices of mentoring young adults have, for the most part, fallen by the wayside. Unless we successfully pass on the baton, the next generation may not only lose the race, but even their own souls.
2. To exhort each of us to play a significant role in helping to pass on the baton to the next generation with great care, because the race could easily be lost if we fumble the baton.
The title, Guiding the Youth of the New Generation, becomes all the more relevant in this day and age of outsourcing, e-mails, web portals and “blogging” - Western concepts and values are being adopted around the world with enthusiasm.