Next Gen Family

Recently I was listening to a podcast about what the church needed to do to be attractive to this generation of young adults. Listening to their tactical approach to inviting people to God’s house got me thinking about how much my church has been like a family to me. 

January marks the 23rd year since I lost a bet and came to Seacoast Church for the first time. Even though I stumbled through the doors still drunk from the night before, no one asked me to leave. In fact, they invited me back. As I left that Sunday, I had such little direction in my life that someone saying, “Hope to see you next week!” was all the direction that I needed. Over time, Jesus and the relational culture of the church seeped into me, and it became family, it became home. 

That’s how it should be. After all, God wrote the book on relationships and family.

“In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other.” — Romans 12:5

“Look at how good and pleasing it is when families live together as one.” — Psalm 133:1

Do you know who also is talking about family? Everyone! This is the season for Christmas ads on TV and all your social feeds, and they are all pushing one thing – a season of community and family.  It’s easy to feel lonely and lost with all those happy gatherings and cocktail parties being force-fed to you.

Interestingly, we have the solution to that loneliness. But are presenting it wrong.

The traditional push every year at this time, is to invite a colleague or friend to church on Christmas. What if we changed our tune just a bit? Instead of an invite to what they may see as a building, What if we invited that colleague or friend to family? Our flexible, forgiving, generous, grace filled, fun family. That just may change how the next generation feels about church.

We will get through this together.

In His service and at yours!


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

2 thoughts on “Next Gen Family

  1. Wonderful! Your generosity of spirit is so welcome, and the joy that it spreads to us, each time you write to us. Knowing once again that the generosity of spirit, sent to us by the lord, spreads constantly as we all together spread the message. Be blessed Pastor Shawn and all who read this

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