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Posted by CB on June 09, 2010 at 09:20:04

In Reply to: Re: The latest: 13-17 posted by James on June 07, 2010 at 19:27:00:

Younger people should welcome these changes, because the old system stifles initiative and creativity. I sometimes wonder, though, how well prepared some of these younger ones are to do church planting, which is what their evangelical and emergent church contemporaries are doing.

For example, I googled "All Things Change but Jesus Never" and found this blog by young Family members who are planning to "pioneer" a home in Europe this summer. (Being an old timer, I had to chuckle at that one.) In any event, they were working under many of the assumptions of the communal home model and much of their focus was on how to build home unity. Too much of their concern seemed focused inward rather than outward. On the other hand, as an inward focus they are promoting values like openness and transparency, which is definitely new ground for Family people.

It's interesting that transparency and openness weren't highlighted or affirmed in the Reboot document on the subject of values and principles that will guide the Family. That's exactly what I was trying to get at in my post on Deceivers Yet True--the Family's lack of transparency and honesty.

There is an age gap in this pioneer group that concerns me--everyone is under 30, and no one is in their 30s, the SG cohort born between 1970-1980. There's an important developmental transition that takes place between age 28 and 33 (or thereabouts) where the idealism of youth is tempered by reflection on life experience. A certain pragmatism and prudence emerges in young adults after age 30 that balances the idealism of their 20s.

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