Midst evangelical growth, this century promises to be post-Christian. In our lifetime we have witnessed the systematic dismantling of Christian influence in society. Growing up in our society is a generation who, in the language of St. Paul, live without God and without hope in this world. For that, our country United States has paid an enormous price.
Fast disappearing are absolutes, virtues shaped by the Hebrew Christian tradition, and children who have any Christian memory. Children of divorce could dwarf the number who will come from what we know as traditional families. Innocent children that are adopted by same-sex couples because of their inability to reproduce since they have violated one of the natural, moral and spiritual laws of God. Overwhelming societal needs will face those who minister in this Century. Current baby busters will bring their distrust of all institutions into older adulthood. The task of the church will widen from care of the soul to life reconstruction for people damaged by social and moral decline.
Life reconstruction, for this century, will need to include the rebuilding of people who come to the church as well as for those to whom they will minister. The number of children reared in a stable home with two biological parents and nurtured by years in church will continue to decrease. As a result, the church will need to revisit the bible and re-establish family value. The preparation of 21st century leaders must focus on the personal, spiritual, character and leadership formation of the next generation not just celebration. We must invest these values into our youths. Youths and singles courtship must be without fornication as commanded by the scripture (Hebrew 13:4). True church and true messengers of God must teach and practice the whole gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to agree with the general letter of John that holistic prosperity is equivalent to the amount of the Words of God that fill your soul, Beloved I pray that you may be prosperous in all things and be in health just as your soul is prosperous (3 John 2).
The complexities of the 21st Century Society will demand a new paradigm for youth leadership preparation. More accurately, it will require the rebirth of the best elements of an older one. In early America, adulthood preparation was carried out in part by practicing parents who mentored their children by modeling. These parents will not do what they do not want their children to do. In this century, adulthood preparation has been transferred away from both the local church and the mentor to movies, school teachers to mention few.