In all honesty, I’m new to the wonderful world of Ed Stetzer. However, due largely in part to Twitter I’m now a fan. When the chance came to read his new book, I jumped on his blog and made sure that I was one of the first 75. I’m really glad I made the cut.
Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them came in the mail a week or so later. From the cover, I figured this was going to be very similar to UnChristian, THE “it” book to read last year. And while, the demographic discussed (unchurched 20-somethings) is the same, the angle is quite different.
A few years ago, I attended the Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry as one of the few who was on staff at a mega-church. We had several discussions about the unchurched with special regard to youth culture and the role of the church in reaching them. However, because I spoke from my position at a mega-church, I felt as though I lacked credibility.
Lost and Found delivers that credibility with both barrels. I was blown away by the vast research Ed and his team conducted over the past few years. He organized his data with clear intentions building a solid argument for his case and offering solutions that make sense in light of his polling results. I actually enjoyed how he broke down the data with regards to the cultural melting pot in which we live and smiled at several of his examples. He also included charts, graphs and simple visuals which are extremely helpful for visual learners like me. Perhaps the most important part of the book is the narrative written to give a name and personality to the different sorts of people polled in his research. The storyline is simple, yet it offers a rest from the large amount of numerical data he included.
Ed’s conclusions are spot on and offer practical advice for taking next steps in how your church can meet the needs of this generation. I found it interesting that these steps weren’t so much rocket science as much as they were common sense ideas often overlooked. Lost and Found championed the simple in order to make maximum impact.
This was simply a great read. When you pick it up, don’t rush through it. Take your time and make sure you have notebook and pen handy. My copy is filled with notes!
Check out Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Themon Amazon. You can also follow Ed on Twitter or at his blog.
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