By Frank Farag
I recently participated in The Next Gen Conference in Los Angeles which was a very inspiring experience for me. It is a conference, where both generations (the older and the younger) from Arabic Speaking Churches across the USA, Canada, Australia and other countries get together to worship, learn and fellowship together. It showed the interest of the older generation in the youth and the investment they want to make in their spiritual future.
I admired the idea so much, that I wished that every Christian ethnic group in Australia would think about and plan for the future of and ministry among the Next Generation of their church. It is important to build bridges between the present generation which claims to have the needed wisdom and experience and the next generation which has the technology and power, yet struggling to make its way through two opposing cultural currents. We need a new vision to unite both generations, by working together as one team to advance the kingdom of God.
I would love to see similar conferences happen here in Australia in every Christian community to create a spirit of reconciliation between the two generations. My sincere prayer is that the older leadership of every church may work hand in hand with the younger leaders, sharing their expertise and abilities, both intellectual and spiritual, to be able to relay the Good News from generation to generation as Paul put it when he wrote to Timothy: “You then my child be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 1, 2.