The WordSmith | Published 2024/01/29

Innovating Mission for a Secular World

By Tom Kasprzak

In a rapidly changing world, where traditional structures and practices are evolving, the concept of a "secular post-church mission" has emerged as a thought-provoking topic. Its relevance has never been more apparent, especially in the context of our church and many others around the western world.

It's no secret that our church, like most others in the western world, is facing challenges in reaching and engaging emerging generations. For many young people today, the concept of "church" can seem distant, and their perceptions of God's character may be distorted.

Startling statistics reveal that approximately "60% of young adults who attend church in their teens will ultimately become spiritually disengaged at some point in their twenties." This sobering reality highlights the urgency of addressing these changes and reevaluating our approach to spirituality and community.

Redefining Our Mission

In the face of these statistics and shifting cultural landscapes, we find ourselves at a crossroads. It's essential to reevaluate our mission and consider how we can adapt to meet the needs of the secular post-church generation. Rather than bemoaning the decline, we can view this as an opportunity for transformation and renewal.

Embracing a Secular Post-Church Mission

The secular post-church mission encourages us to think beyond the confines of traditional religious structures. It invites us to explore spirituality, community, and purpose in innovative ways that resonate with the emerging generation. This mission challenges us to step out of our comfort zones and engage with individuals who may never step inside a church building.

Emphasizing Authenticity and Inclusivity

One of the key elements of this mission is authenticity. Young adults are seeking genuine connections and meaningful conversations. They yearn for an inclusive space where their questions, doubts, and unique perspectives are valued. By fostering such an environment, we can bridge the gap between church and secularism.

We must adapt to a changing world while staying true to our core values. This mission encourages us to be open, authentic, and compassionate as we seek to connect with and inspire the emerging generation on their spiritual journeys.

The video linked below by Pastor Marcos Torress provides valuable insights into this mission, and I invite you to watch it and join the conversation.

Innovating Mission for a Secular World