The Slow Fade: Why You Matter in the Story of  Twentysomethings  -     By: Reggie Joiner
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The Slow Fade: Why You Matter in the Story of Twentysomethings

David C. Cook / 2010 / Paperback

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Many churches and families have programmed a youth ministry finish line at twelfth grade. They walk their seniors out the door, breathe a sigh of relief, and let them disappear for a few years. There is an assumption they'll return to church later, as adults with young families.

The problem is, many never come back. Too old for youth group and uncomfortable with labels, college-aged Christians become disconnected from faith. They become less and less involved in church and faith and, eventually, absent altogether-they slowly fade away. Facing critical decisions that affect the rest of their lives, college-aged people need a faith community more than ever.

Coauthors Reggie Joiner, Chuck Bomar, and Abbie Smith-a senior pastor, a college pastor, and a twentysomething-rethink one-on-one mentorship as the way to end the slow fade. They offer insights and suggestions that will help anyone get started fighting the fade.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 167
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434764796
ISBN-13: 9781434764799
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A discussion of the most overlooked and underdeveloped facet of the modern church—how to keep college-aged people engaged in faith.

Many churches and families have programmed a youth ministry finish line at twelfth grade. They walk their seniors out the door, breathe a sigh of relief, and let them disappear for a few years. There is an assumption they’ll return to church later, as adults with young families.
Many never come back. They become less and less involved in church and faith and, eventually, absent altogether—they slowly fade away. Facing critical decisions that affect the rest of their lives, college-aged people need a faith community more than ever.
A senior pastor, a college pastor, and a twenty-something—rethink one-on-one mentorship as the way to end the slow fade. They offer insights and suggestions that will help anyone get started fighting the fade.
 

Author Bio

Reggie Joiner is the founder and CEO of the reThink Group. He is the author of Think Orange, The Orange Leader Handbook, and coauthor of 7 Practices of Effecitve Ministry.

Chuck Bomar served as studen pastor at Cornerstone in Simi Vialley, California. Founder of CollegeLeader.org and author of College Ministry 101, he is senior pastor of Colossae in Portland, Oregon.

Abbie Smith is the author of Can You Keep Your Faith in College. She is a graduate of Talbot Seminary with a degree in spiritual formation and soul care.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great resource!
    April 22, 2012
    Shelley Irving
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a great resource for anyone wanting to mentor or just connect with the twenty something generation.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 21, 2010
    Justin
    As a twentysomething longing for the church to pick up some slack in this area, I found this book to be refreshing. I would love to get it in to many people's hands. I wouldn't consider the book too light on sharing Christ with this age group. It's about connecting with our lives and our lives being so founded in Christ that it's a natural flow. It's a quick read with some great connecting resources that I think go beyond just 20somethings.
  3. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    July 27, 2010
    Joe
    The Slow Fade addresses the very important reality that most of our church-going young people will stop going to church in college, and advises mature believers about how to stop the exodus. Positively, this team of writers encourages every adult to get passionate about investing in one person." Negatively, Slow Fade enthusiastically promotes a God who loves them, is for them, and died for them, but that much else about God is beyond our capacity to know.The truth is that we know plenty about God; He wrote a book! Strong on the need to build relationships but weak on the need to infuse those relationship with person of Christ, Slow Fade misses the mark. Other than providing some ice-breaker ideas for those beyond the twentysomething age bracket, Slow Fade offers little toward stopping the exodus. If you can only read one book this month I dont recommend Slow Fade.
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