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Stark, David. Reaching Millennials. Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing, 2016.
Reviewed by Craig Kraft
Stark picks up on a timely subject and expands on the work of Kinneman (un-Christian), Hiemstra (Hemorrhaging Faith), and others by presenting a clear understanding of how American Millennials view the institution we call church. He concludes that most American Christians need to have “a very different mindset, attitude, and behavioral pattern… if we are going to engage outsiders with the claims of Christ.” We need to focus on the gospel and seek to remove the obstacles and barriers that are perceived by our current culture. The second half of the book presents a methodology to help churches adapt their strategy and mindset to present the gospel to millennials.
I found the book to be insightful and thought provoking. It challenges readers to consider the differences between law, tradition, culture and gospel in the shaping of faith, society, and ethics. He refers to the helpful “Wesleyan Quadrilateral” to help the reader understand how our theology and knowledge of God is formed through Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience. Stark wants his audience to wrestle with the truth of the gospel and how the message of Jesus should be presented, contextually, with today’s youth and younger adults.
A review copy of this Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Books in exchange for an honest review.