A Need for Spiritual Parents

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday, which makes me a member of the emerging generation. Who are the emerging generation? We go by many labels; most commonly, we are referred to as Generation Y or millennials. The emerging generation encompasses those of us born between 1980 and 2000, roughly.

We are the largest and most unchurched generation in America. Notably, we are the first generation in history that didn’t grow up with a church or religious background. We weren’t raised in church. We weren’t taught the authority of the Bible, the inerrancy of Scripture, or other basic doctrines of the evangelical Christian faith.

More than half of the millennial generation believes being a religious person is about doing the right things versus holding the right beliefs. The majority of the emerging generation believes religion is a private matter that should be kept out of public affairs. More than half of my generation does not see a connection between belief in God and morality. In other words, you do not have to believe in God or have a personal relationship with Him in order to be moral.

Reaching the emerging generation is going to look differently than evangelism has in the past. My generation tends to be well educated, and we need to see why the Christian faith is a reasonable belief system. We were not instructed with a clear moral compass, so we need to see why moral absolutes are important. We weren’t raised in the church, so we need spiritual fathers and mothers who are willing to pour out their lives for the sake of raising us in the gospel of Jesus Christ, paving the way for us to teach our children.

I was the typical Generation Y child. I was not raised in church. I was not taught to love God, and I didn’t know that he loved me so much that he sent his Son to die for me. However, my mom worked with a woman who took an interest in me and invited me to church camp one summer. She also began to drive 26 miles round-trip to pick me up for church every Wednesday and Sunday. Her faithful obedience to show up and share Christ with me led me to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

Through her investment and the efforts of a few other spiritually mature women, I was discipled to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Christ. They modeled biblical womanhood to me and shared their homes and lives that I might see it. This was how I came to know Jesus, personally: through the investment of spiritual parents.

So who has God placed in your path to parent spiritually? What younger woman do you need to reach in order to share Christ and to disciple into spiritual maturity?


Rachel Forrest is a 30-something working mom of two. When she’s not chasing her toddlers, you can find her nose stuck in a book. She also writes about the “coffee stains and growing pains” of motherhood at www.rachelforrest.me

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