A person only has to walk into a church on a Sunday to see one of the churches biggest problems. There are lost generations. This problem of little to no young adults can be seen across the Christian church, across the world. The mainline church is a sea of grey.
So where have all the young people gone? How do we attract young people to the church? Those questions are often asked by those who are in the church. While someone may have attended church faithfully as a child, they seem to now be gone from the pews once they become an adult, what happened?
Jared Herd describes himself as a "youth expert". He attempts to look into this problem which he describes as "more lost than found". Herd has a huge task ahead of him. He doesn't take the traditional route of looking at what can we do, but instead also looks at what the church has done wrong over the years.
One main item that Herd highlights is that the church has moved away from focusing on the works of Christ and instead has focused on laws and doctrine over the years. This has contributed to this lost generation in the church.
Herd does not offer answers as to this is what you must do to get the youth in the church. Instead Herd writes a book directed at those who have left the church, the lost but seeking. The book is also directed at those who are involved in youth ministry. In my mind it is more of a resource to give to those who are beginning to slip away.
Overall, Herd writes in an easy to understand way, and the book was interesting. I found myself agreeing to many of the points he has made. I must stress however, the book doesn't offer answers as to how to get youth into the church, but instead offers a different way to thinking about how we minister to those outside of the church, how do we minister to the lost
I would rate this book at a 4/5. It is an excellent read, and something i know that I will find myself offering to others to read.
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For anyone who has ever struggled with fitting into "church" or had questions about God, this book will reengage you in the truth you long to hear. As the writer helps us to understand how and why we have arrived to where, what and who we are today, he also shows us how we can give our faith another chance....with simplicity and validity.
The conversations and chapters in this book will steer us back to real truths, and what it means to be ALIVE. The truth that Salvation did not come merely so we could sign a petition of beliefs, but that we could have a genuine, intimate relationship with God. Not only is More Lost Than Found a great read, it is a tool that will engage you and help you find your rightful place in the greatest story ever told.
More Lost Than Found, a book by Jared Herd, is an attempt at reconciling the Generation Y'ers to real, authentic faith in Jesus. The premise of the book is simple: the fact of the matter is that most young people have lost their faith because they understood it to be something that it was not. Herd stresses the teachings of Jesus and denounces the legalism and institutionalism found within much of the modern western evangelical church. Many of his points are very well articulated. In fact, at many points throughout the book, I caught myself shaking my head in agreement. My only complaint with the book comes when Herd condemns much of the Church for what it is teaching (and what it is not) but stops short of offering any type of solution or way to more forward from this error.
Even so, this book was worth the read. It was easy to understand, and easy to track the whole way through. I've heard the author speak in a live setting, so perhaps knowing what he is like in reality made the book easier to follow (example: spotting dry humour which is found throughout the entire book)
Overall, the book is worth the read, especially for those whose ministry touches the lives of young people who are fed up with the church, but more than that, who are fed up with the emptiness of a life void of faith in something much greater than themselves or the temporary things around them.
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This book is just riddled with errors. I won't even try to deal with them all but will focus on what I think is the biggest problem (which also is the biggest problem in most Christian books, songs and churches) and that is an essential misunderstanding of the message of Jesus Christ in the Gospel. I'm thoroughly convinced that Jared herd is a theological liberal. I believe this is the reason he misunderstands the Gospel. This quote should say it all. Page 89: "Christianity in its origins was about the ideas that Jesus taught, about a new way of connecting with God through what Jesus taught." That's a really serious error. Christianity is about what Jesus did, not taught. It's about being reconciled to God through what Jesus did on the Cross and NOT about connecting to Him through some good teachings. He is so blatantly liberal that two pages later he claims U2 singer Paul "Bono" Hewson is better preaching the message of Jesus than the churches. This book has a lot more errors for sure. But this brief look on how the author doesn't even know what Christianity is about should be more than ample support for my conclusion that you should avoid this book.
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There were several points made that literally had me putting down the book to think about it. Many things helped put some of my thoughts more in line and make sense. Hess talks about the rejection of institutional thinking, not spiritual thinking and how aspects of our culture almost encourage the rejection of the church.
Although I enjoyed the book, there were times when the message seemed unfocused. As well, it's unclear to me who the audience is intended to be. Hess has experience as a youth pastor, so it often feels like a youth sermon, but I get the impression that the book was not intended for youth. This made reading somewhat awkward for me at times, as the illustrations used bounced back and forth between youth relevant, or adult focused. Apart from this, I think it is a relevant and thought provoking read.