My Greatest Frustrations

by Paul on September 15, 2008

I face two roadblocks to reaching the Online Generation:

  1. I can’t get Christians to commit to pray regularly for the Online Generation.  
  2. I can’t get past church leaders  to talk with people in their spiritual community about reaching the Online Generation.
When I meet with leaders, they listen intently.  They encourage me.  They recognize that the Online Generation exists and needs someone to reach them.  They agree that young people ‘get this.’  They are glad that I’m doing it.
But…
They never offer to be prayer partners.  They never offer to introduce me to people within their church who might be interested in reaching the lost online.
I even explain how the coolest thing about reaching the Online Generation – unlike many church planting models – is that team members never have to leave their home churches to get involved!  We just want them to take their everyday online behavior and do it with a Gospel Planting mindset.  Team members can stay involved with their local spiritual community because we’re not asking them to add anything to their schedule.
They just smile, tell me to keep them posted, and leave.
Here is the reality I face:
  1. Finding a Person of Peace is impossible without prayer.  Bottom line.
  2. I can’t do it alone.  I’m not interested in ’stealing’ people.  I am interested in helping them know how to use their online activity to extend the Kingdom, disciple ‘Revolutionaries,’ and reach the lost.  I need to work with a team of people who want to extend the kingdom among the Online Generation.
Well, those are my frustrations.  Thanks to listening to my rant.  I really appreciate your prayers.
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Steve September 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm

I’ve been thinking and praying about this (committing to praying for your ministry) since the day you posted. The thinking part was easy: How can I ensure that a commitment to pray will turn into the daily routine that I believe you need? So I have a card now in my Bible. When I read each morning, I see the card and pray for you.

I don’t know what your outreach needs are beyond what’s on this blog. But I have been led to open up my prayer life in lots of different ways…this I think is one of them.

So I’ll commit to praying for your ministry each morning before I close that Bible. I’ll commit further to read your blog in order to know what to pray for. And lastly, I’ll do it for as long as you keep this blog (or some other way of sharing your work) going.

God bless…
Steve.

Paul D. Watson September 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Hey Steve,

Thanks for committing to pray for the Online Generation. I would love to see the card that you designed and maybe post it for others to download. If you don’t mind, could you send the file to paul at pauldwatson dot com?

Sorry about the random nature of this blog this past month. I’ve been traveling and wrapping up some projects. In fact, I leave for Finland tomorrow. I appreciate your prayers.

You are awesome!

Blessings,
-Paul.

Kim and Eric October 1, 2008 at 5:06 pm

We know what you mean. We have the same struggle with getting pastors to understand the need for reaching out to apartment communities in their area. Don’t give up. Keep pressing on and spreading the word. Who knows when something you said may stick in their heads as they connect with someone in their church. And we will keep praying on for you!

Paul October 2, 2008 at 5:19 am

@Kim and Eric – Thanks for the encouragement! I needed it! Thank you also for the prayers. I wouldn’t be able to do this ministry without them.

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