I am a rebel! What can I say? There I sat in the dimly lit coffee shop throwing caution to the wind. Despite all warnings that reading in poor lighting will ruin your eyes I was studying the Gospel of Mark under a small table lamp. I know, it’s just scandalous. The coffee shop wasn’t very crowded so it was easy for me to spot two other young men, on opposite sides of the room who were also reading their Bibles. It was an interesting sight to behold, and it got me thinking: young 20 something Christians like coffee and the Bible. To me that’s kind of cool, and cool and Christianity are a topic that is as hot as a fresh pot of Joe these days.
I recently read and reviewed Brett McCracken’s book Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide. My conclusion was that McCracken did a poor job of analyzing these so called “hipsters.” I am anxiously waiting for a thorough analysis and investigation of what these young Christians and their churches mean for the future of evangelicalism. As I wait, however, I thought I might as well try and attempt a simple look at some of the common trends among my Christian peers and offer up my own predictions. I am, myself, a young “20 something” pastor, and so I spend a great deal of time thinking about this relationship and what it means for the future, for the church, and for the gospel. My particular role at our church is in the discipleship ministry and I believe that the present and the future of discipleship among young adults is very excited.
My goal in a forthcoming series of posts will be to analyze four trends among young adult Christians and what they mean for the future of evangelicalism, as best I can predict. First, Missions. Second, Social Justice. Third, Art. Lastly, Christian Liberty. What do you think are some common trends among young adult Christians today, and what do you think, if anything, these trends mean?