Generation iY

Mike —  December 7, 2011 — 2 Comments

I seem to have a perpetual stack of books that I keep hoping to get to that sits on my desk. The stack often gets interrupted by some other new entry into my reading whims, so sometimes books will sit in the stack for quite a while. Last year at Christmas time, one of the books I was wanting was Tim Elmore’s Generation iY. I got the book in Decemeber, but it has sat for almost a full year, waiting…

The subtitle of the book “Our Last Chance to Save Their Future” may seem a little overdramatic, but when you think about what’s really at stake for today’s young people, it’s not such a grandiose statement. The book does a really good job laying out a description of the Millenial generation (especially the younger half), the cultural influences that have shaped them, and what we as parents and teachers and youth leaders need to be doing to help them launch into adulthood.

It was a great reminder of the potential that lies latent in young people and the need for mentors to guide this potential into fruition. Sometimes, I can get distracted by so many secondary frustrations in my job that I forget… We have an incredible generation of young lives who are hungry for authentic direction as they emerge into adult life. They are hoping to mean something to the world around them, but too often we adults are doing a poor job helping them understand how to do so. I was reminded that a huge part of my job is to identify adult-student partnerships and construct frameworks to facilitate the unleashing of potential within those partnerships – making the most of our students’ current gifts and opportunities and preparing them to launch into lives of ministry of their own.

If you work with young people or have them in your home, the insight Elmore shares from his years of experience developing young leaders is invaluable. Check out the book for yourself and get some practical strategies and ideas for parenting, mentoring, & employing Generation iY. Also check out Save Their Future Now for more.

2 responses to Generation iY

  1. “Overdramatic.” That pretty much sums up that video alright. I’m not afriad- or very afraid at all. The “iY generation” isn’t an evolutionary (or revolutionary)change in humanity just because they have the internets, they’re just a variation within a kind. Same sin, different temptation. As long as the church deals with it on that level we can have success reaching them. As an “old man” I think it’s a good and worthy challenge- to befriend them. Plus, I need someone to show me how to work my smartphone.

  2. Not only to befriend them and benefit from their technological aptitude, but to mentor them and to prepare them for life outside the bubble of youth. This is the worthy challenge. Some of the ways we’ve tried to meet that challenge are less than adequate & Elmore does do a good job presenting alternatives.

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