Contribution to Book
Through a study of how we pray we may better understand current pictures of who God is and how God works in the world—there’s a definite connection. One of the ways our picture of God is formed is through our experiences with corporate prayer and the ideas about God expressed as people make requests, offer praise, and thanksgiving. Each public encounter with God is, ideally, an opportunity to reveal a biblical view of God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who is still alive and well. As it pertains to young adults, corporate prayer not only impacts their concept of God but their views about the church community and raises questions of authenticity and belonging, among others. One question that then arises is, Does corporate prayer have anything to do with whether or not young adults remain connected to church community? This paper suggests that while corporate prayer that expresses a Biblical view of God may not be the key to keeping young adults from walking out the back door, corporate prayer does have an important role to play in helping young adults make meaningful connections with their places of worship.
Ministering with Millennials: A Complete Report on the 180° Symposium
Roger L. Dudley with Allan Walshe
The 180° Symposium
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Posed with permission, Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University