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What's next? Kansas-Nebraska Conference Youth & Young Adults

“Plague in the Bible is not a storm weathered before a return to normalcy. It’s a call to come together in new ways in order to survive, hold the powerful responsible for their unjust policies and the lies they’ve told to cover up injustice, and rebuild on foundations of love and justice.”

— Liz Theoharis

In a CNN article this week Brandon Tensley said, "Millennials may just have the opportunity to rebrand what it means to be American, as did many of their predecessors, including the "Greatest Generation," dubbed so for their sacrifices during World War II." He challenges readers to ask themselves, "What do we owe one another" in this time of all hands on deck? For younger generations he argues that "it's a lot to ask a generation already treading water to suddenly adjust to new norms. But on top of everything else, the recent coronavirus outbreak has been a massive social experiment -- prodding people to reevaluate the architecture of society, yes, but also their roles, as individuals, in it." His primary point is that this is a moment for younger generations to step up and take ownership of their country and community. It is a moment that Coronavirus presents millennials with a generational shift, where they become the owners of "what's next" rather than leaving it up to the older generations to decide for them.

Never before have the younger generations had the opportunity to play such a vital role in shaping the narrative for the world. To keep accountable those who have abused their authority. To put a spotlight on injustice. To rebuild their community and their world on a foundation of love and justice. But we must come together in order for that to happen. But in order to come together, we need to believe that our voice matters, that someone is listening, that "I can make a difference too." Only then can we look ahead and say, in the voice of President Josiah Bartlet, "what's next?"

And there is plenty of work to be done, that work takes intentionality and planning to get out of your ministerial comfort zones and try new things. Learn new skills. Improve yourself and your ministry.

The question for right now, right in the midst of this challenge, that I want to ask is this "how are you using your quarantine time?" Are you improving the internet? Are you improving your mind? Are you improving your body? Are you improving your soul? Or are vegging out to something on Netflix? To be clear, there is nothing wrong with some much-needed time mindlessly vegging out. However, I would urge all of us to make the most of this precious time for improvements to something lasting.

May you contribute. May you become a part of something bigger than yourself. And may you lift others up to do the same. You are in my prayers as always, and if there is anything I can do to serve, please don't hesitate to let me know! I'm here for you!

- Timothy Floyd

I am asking for your help by participating in this 7 minute survey will help us all improve our collective work and more effectively serve during this time of unconventional ministry. Our combined effort will be shared in this week's Cutting Edge to encourage and motivate our members through this time. Thank you for taking this survey seriously.

Resources

  • ChurchPulse - Barna's home for local facts, resilience and connection during the Coronavirus pandemic. Give your voice, get expert analysis, know how other leaders are responding, engage with your community and lead with confidence now. Delivered weekly.
  • Naming - Naming is a part of recovery. Naming loss helps us be honest about grief. Naming loss keeps us from minimizing or silver-lining. Naming gratitude prevents us from drowning in sorrow. How are you acknowledging losses and recognizing gratitude as you model behaviors to your young people through this season?
  • Service in a virtual world - 31 Small, Nice Things To Do for Others During an Epidemic.
  • Live streaming isn't enough - How do we help people transition emotionally from normal weekend services, to an online community? Ben Windle has put together a 7-dimensional approach to being an Online Church Community will help you to reinvent your church model in the midst of the global pandemic.
  • Time is precious- Don't waste it!
  • Germs are gross - But they are great metaphors for sin. You can't see them, but you can see the effects of them. They can ruin your day or your week. They can ruin the lives of those you love. They can leave a life long impression on you. You can take it from here. Perhaps send this video out to your Youth or Young Adults and have a digital conversation about sin and how we can protect ourselves or those we love better from our own selfishness. Be sure to draw out the metaphors about Christ's sacrifice purifies our lives and removes the sin and leaves us faultless before His throne or make a connection to a clean life is possible moving forward, but you still have to wash your hands to stay healthy and in touch with the Father.
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Created with an image by Sasha Freemind - "Never give up. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. And it will light the way.."