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Sylvia Collins-Mayo , Bob Mayo , Sally Nash
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30 Sep 2010 Explorations
Generation Y (those born after 1982) growing up in Britain has had less contact with the Church than any previous generation in living memory. So what interest do young people have in Christianity? How do social influences inform their Christian consciousness? Does belief in God make any difference to them? These are pressing questions not just for the Church, but also for anyone interested in religion and spirituality in contemporary Britain. Using both sociological and theological approaches, the authors shed light on these questions by drawing on the views of over 300 young people (11 to 23 year olds) who have participated in Christian youth and community outreach projects around England over the last five years. The book includes a response to the research from the Bishop of Coventry, who considers the implications for the wider Church of this important research.

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  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Church House Publishing (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715142062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715142066
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The book gives useful insights for those working with un-churched youth, and is a call to the Church to be authentic and distinctive.' -- Sue Simpson 2012 'This book ... gives a fascinating insight into the beliefs and practices of this emerging generation, as well as a more theological reflection in the light of this research ... The fact that this is based on research in the real world, with real young people, makes this essential reading for anyone interesting in understanding how they approach matters of faith ... There is too much excellent material to highlight anything in particular ... I thoroughly recommend this book.' -- Steve Dutfield Christian Marketplace 201107

About the Author

DR SYLVIA COLLINS-MAYO teaches at Kingston University. She has extensively researched the relationship between young people and religion.REVD DR BOB MAYO was previously Director of the Centre for Youth Ministry at Ridley Hall, before becoming a vicar in Shepherd's Bush, London. He is a regular columnist for The Church of England Newspaper.DR SALLY NASH is Director of the Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry.CHRISTOPHER COCKSWORTH is the Bishop of Coventry.


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In "The Faith of Generation Y", the authors draw on in-depth qualitative research with teenagers, both those with a church background and those whose only contact with any kind of church is a youth club happening in a church.
From this, they draw conclusions about what faith, if any, young people today actually have, and also what effect the youth work is having on them.
Finally, there are chapters which draw on the research to think ecclesiologically: what is a church; in what sense is the Wednesday youth group part of the church; what can be done to create a real meaningful engagement with the body of Christ amongst youth reached through youth work?

It seems to me there are two big ideas at work here: the first is this: young people today view Christianity with "benign indifference". This is crucially important because those in leadership roles are more often fixated on issues of: if I teach a Christian lesson, will I be brainwashing them? How can I impart my views without imposing?

The answer seems to be: "Don't worry: the greater risk is that whatever you say, will be water off a duck's back."

The youth in the survey if anything wanted more conventional Christian teaching in their youth groups, and didn't feel that they would be being brainwashed if it happened. It would be tend to be regarded with a benign curiosity, at best.

To get to the book's full thesis, you need to start by viewing Christian youth work as divided into two different strands. One is there to present young people with the claims of Jesus Christ and they take it (or leave it). Evangelistic, old school: Scripture Union camps etc.
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The authors aren't afraid to test the assumptions that the church has brought to its work with young people with serious research. They find that Generation Y (those born after 1982) aren't hostile to Christianity, but neither are they particularly interested. This book will be helpful to church leaders and youth ministers who wonder deep down where all their efforts to engage with young people, especially those outside the church, are leading.

This is a book that has changed the way that we think about youth work in our church, at a time when we're moving to make a considerable investment. It's also been very helpful in confirming the baselessness of many myths about the difficulty of growing church in the twenty-first century. Chapter 7, "Love is not enough", stands out for me as an incredibly perceptive and well-written critique of what the authors call 'strategic liberalism', with enough of a framework, largely based on the theology of Stanley Haurwas, to map out a better path.
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