Millennials and Mission

A Generation Faces a Global Challenge
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This book focuses on the passing of the torch in cross-cultural missions and church ministry to the Millennial generation. Jim and Judy Raymo grapple with big questions and concerns in Millennials and Mission, while giving an in-depth look at this up-and-coming generation of young people and the future of missions in its hands. They highlight the strengths and weaknesses of this populous group born between 1982 and 2000, comparing and contrasting its characteristics with those of the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. In spite of the challenges ahead, Millennials and Mission gives a clearly optimistic picture of the Millennial generation’s potential contribution to the accomplishing of the Great Commission.

  • ISBN: 9780878085361
  • Pages: 152
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: William Carey Library


Missionaries know all about the importance of contextualization when it comes to the gospel. In this important work, Jim and Judy Raymo provide all of us who care about the Great Commission with a necessary reminder that we must also contextualize the call to missionary involvement. This book will help you understand and reach the hearts of the next generation of would-be cross-cultural workers—the Millennials.

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I have been waiting ten years for the unique, personal, and insightful thoughts of Jim Raymo to come our way again. History has proven two things: the power of the gospel and the power of young people with a vision. I hope this book will equip today’s experienced mission leaders to
engage the next generation with a global task.

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I first met Jim in the early 70’s while he was working with a “Jesus movement” church on the University of Minnesota campus. He was warm, passionate, and totally dedicated to making Jesus known. We lost track of each other for years, but
in the meantime he went on to serve in missions, led WEC-US and then began teaching intercultural studies to new generations of young college students who had interest in missions. Jim teaches at Bethany College of Mission and has helped
our faculty and mission team better understand this Millennial generation—and how to better engage with them to reach all people everywhere with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What has impacted me about Jim is that forty years later from when we met, he is still Jim. He is “warm, passionate, and totally dedicated to making Jesus known.” And, he loves this Millennial generation that God has placed before us. Will we step forward to disciple, love, invest, and launch them? Will we not just tell them what they need to know, or will we say “come with us” and walk with them as we “do the kingdom, not just talk about it?” Jim is a doer of the kingdom—in his family, in the classroom, and in taking the Great Commission literally. Millennials and Missions is a wonderful and vibrant appeal and road map to serving this next generation—they will lead in the future. (We actually don’t have any choice about that.) So let’s invest all that we have into them—let’s love them—let’s serve them—let’s launch them.

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Jim and Judy Raymo have lived out the Great Commission in their lives. They have incarnated their love for Christ and the world through their efforts locally, globally, and with their family. Read this book and hear of their heart for Millenials, missions, and ministry in our world. You will not be disappointed by what you learn and how you are impacted.

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This book should be read by the entire missional community. My prayer is that every person in the silent generation/builders and boomers will read this book and learn what it takes to encourage this exciting generation to reach the world with the Good News.

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Every generation confounds and mystifies its predecessors. Thus, “paradoxical,” the key word Jim and Judy Raymo have chosen to describe Millennials, is both an insightful and a hopeful summary. Their analysis is incisive while avoiding pigeonholing
and caricatures. At its core, this book tells a hopeful story, propelled by the Great Commission, that this generation brings many correctives, a host of connective skills and tools, and a creativity to tackle formidable obstacles to the gospel. You
will be encouraged as you read of the energy, the iconoclasm, and the passion of this generation of Christ-followers. Prepare to have your stereotypes shattered. God is still in the business of deploying his disciples!

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Table of Contents

Introduction I
Introduction II

  • One Millennials: A Generation Unleashed?
  • Two Who Are the Millennials?
  • Three Inspiring a Generation
  • Four Getting Ready to Go
  • Five Is Fear a Factor?
  • Six What Ministries Interest Millennials?
  • Seven How Can Organizations and Millennials Work Together?
  • Eight Personal Reflections

Appendix One: Other Author Writings
Appendix Two: Real-life Stories

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