Thinking Out Loud

August 20, 2018

Who is Mentoring Who?

Filed under: Christianity, Church — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:04 am

This weekend, an article in the automotive section of The Toronto Star on mentoring caught my eye. This is a topic that is often raised in the church, only the term often used is Paul/Timothy relationships. Either way, whether a person is religious or not, and no matter what terminology we use, we all have the picture of the older person instructing the younger. That’s the whole idea behind apprenticeship.

But in this article, a particular instance was raised which shatters the paradigm, namely technology. The writer, Susan Gubasta owns a Toyota dealership and is the president of a much wider car dealer association.

…About 10 years ago, I began to notice a shift in mentoring, at least in our industry. For decades, the older generation mentored the younger generation (millennials).

That all changed with the advent of online technologies and smartphones. Suddenly, the older generation began to seek help from their younger peers about the newest smartphones, online platforms and advanced technologies.

Millennials have grown up with these new technologies, platforms and devices, and they have become the teachers, or mentors, for the older generation. The role of the mentor has flipped.

At my Toyota store, the millennials are internet-savvy and possess a wealth of computer knowledge. New technologies do no confuse or intimidate them, which explains why older colleagues are constantly approaching their younger colleagues with questions about tech-related issues.

Does this mean that millennials have officially assumed the mentoring mantle from their older colleagues? Hardly. However, it does mean that dealerships (and workplaces everywhere) have become less about job titles and hierarchies and more about collaboration and engagement…

Again, you can decide how that applies to readers here. Are church leaders ready to submit to those from a different generation on topics such as: Using social media, designing websites, setting up a church office communications network? And if so, would they be willing to submit to their expertise on knowing what might attract their generation to that church? And what might turn them off? Their thoughts on music? Church design? Preaching styles?

As I say, it’s a paradigm shattering picture. We generally think in terms of older and younger. But it’s worth being open to a modified model. Collaboration and engagement are good goals to have.


Source for the article: Click here.

 

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April 4, 2016

Not Your Parents’ CCM

I realize we ended last week with both a Thursday and Friday post about worship music, and this isn’t a worship or music blog, but today’s topic just kinda landed on the doorstep over the weekend…


 

And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
 Revelation 14:2 NIV

There has been much talk about what the next wave of Christian music will consist of, and in particular, what the next generation will do with the enormous catalog of modern worship songs it is being handed.

Many idealists would prefer that the next generation simply accept the status quo, and that nothing drastic changes; even though that generation greatly shook up and shattered the paradigm handed it from their parents. However, a simple study of musicology reveals that for the past thousand years (and beyond) every period in music history is a reaction to the period which preceded it.

What follows is my opinion only, but there has to come a point when millennials reject the current styles in either large measure or in some small measure. People who agree with this notion usually say something like:

  • There will be an entirely new form
  • There will be a return to the hymns
  • There will be more of a blended worship approach
  • There will be new songs, but a return of four-part harmony
  • There will be fewer vertical worships songs and more songs of testimony
  • There will be less instrumentation; a minimalist or even acapella aproach
  • There will be more interest in Episcopal or Anglican forms; or chants and Taizé
  • There will be an emphasis on preaching, and less music, so it won’t really matter
  • There will be a decline of congregational participation, and a return to performed solos, choirs, etc.
  • There will be a situation where the congregation becomes passive, and music videos are simply watched

But I think a change is already in the works; it’s been happening for a few years now and it consists of

  • A rejection of Nashville as the music agenda-setting capital of the Christian world, with the next generation church embracing a more European sound
  • A rejection of the guitar as the primary contemporary worship instrument, with worship leaders playing keyboards, especially synthesizers.

(Apologies to Third Day and Big Daddy Weave; et al.)

Hillsong Y&F - Youth RevivalI believe that nothing expresses this better than the new Hillsong Young and Free album, Youth Revival. I’ve been listening to cuts from this over and over again. It puts a smile on my face. (I’m not 100% sure, but I think it’s also the band I hear at North Point Online before and after the Sunday live service feeds.)

I realize that this opinion may not sit well with Chris Tomlin fans. I’m just sayin’ that if you have a choice between guitar lessons and piano lessons for the kids and you’re a forward-looking parent, I would go with the piano. As a keyboard player who never once got to play at a campfire, I realize the instrument has some limitations, but I think the next generation is looking for something completely different than G, C, Em, D7 or its many variations.

Hillsong Young and Free stand somewhere between Hillsong Kids and Hillsong United. I get the whole Radio Disney thing. Nonetheless, I believe they best represent the change already taking place.


 

Sadly, the three videos originally posted here have been removed from YouTube and there are no substitutes available as of May 14, 2016.

April 23, 2014

Wednesday Link List

Promised you last week when we did a feature on Kevin Frank there would be one more panel in it for you (see Genesis 8:20) …

Noah's Sacrifice by Kevin Frank

Time once again for things on Christian blogs and news feeds you may have missed and some you’ll now wish you had. Clicking anything below will take you to PARSE, which paid $1,000,000.00 for exclusive rights to this weekly feature, plus a third-round draft pick.

WordPress says this is Wednesday Link List number 200, but it doesn’t count the times I typed the word Wednesday in a hurry, or the variety of names it existed under before uniformity set in.

 

We leave you this really simple explanation of how to pray; at least according to one denomination.

Prayer image 041814

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