I help out with editing Charisma, the largest circulating Charismatic/Pentecostal Christian publication in the world. While I was filing my story about Onething in Kansas City, I saw another story about the Passion Conference in Atlanta. Than I saw in my Facebook news feed a post from Lauren Daigle with video from the conference. (I wish I could share Lauren Daigle’s video but Facebook won’t let me.)
I’m blown away that at the opening of 2015, two gatherings with a total of over 40,000 teenagers and adults are gathered in separate cities with a cry for revival and awakening. This was my second year covering Onething for Charisma and the spiritual electricity builds every year. Although this was their first year charging for the conference, that didn’t stop over 20,000 people from coming all over the world.
The hunger among this age group far exceeds what I saw in my college days. I became a Christian at 18 during a revival on my college campus. I remember going to my first world conference at 19 where 5,000 students from all over the world filled a stadium in Dallas, TX. I remember being blown away by all the nationalities and the bigness of what God was doing in other nations.
I believe what we’re seeing at the outset of 2015 far exceeds my experience as a young believer. There are no stop signs or barriers with this generation. We must reach them and we must make it a priority to reach them.
I blogged about this last week and frankly I don’t see this as a priority for a lot of people in my age group. I know this is a priority for the leadership at my church and the senior pastors, Steve and Kathy Gray. But for those in the over 40 to 50 group, I don’t see it as a priority. This saddens me because I believe if we don’t gather them in, mentor them, become the spiritual mom and dad that they need, we will lose this generation.
So while God takes my breath away with what He is doing among the young adults and teenagers, I urge all the over 40s to make reaching them, mentoring them a priority. Let them step up and learn how to lead. Don’t think you’re being put out to pasture because of your age. You are needed more than ever. Step into your role as a mentor, a mom, a dad, or someone who can pay their way.
For my over 40-year-old friends, let’s do our part!