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for what it's worth

Fascinating new book examines the ineffective church as Christianity embraces world’s culture

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Study after study has shown that the church in America is in steep decline. And while some may blame it on Covid and online church options, sadly, the heart of the matter is that the issues actually run a lot deeper.

Christians are leaving the church not just because they are getting busier, but because there is a disturbing theological absence that is now in many of our churches.

Dr Kenneth Lewis is the author of For What It’s Worth, published by Ark House. Dr. Lewis says that in the last decade, he has been burdened with the direction of the church around America and across the world. Thus he felt compelled to begin writing about the downward spiral of the church into the culture of an unsaved world.

While he is passionate, cutting edge, and Biblical in his desire for the church to repent of its entanglement with a godless world, he also holds the church accountable to ensure it performs the role that God in fact called it to perform.

“In this book, I have sought to point out some issues that I believe are taking the church down into the culture of the world, thus making Her ineffective,” Dr. Lewis stated. “Many may disagree with my analysis, but I wrote from a heartfelt passion aimed at waking up the sleeping church.

“I believe we are in the last days, just before our Lord appears in the clouds to take us home. Much of what is going on in our society, our culture and in many churches is because the appointed time for his return is near. Which road are you on: The narrow road or the broad road?”

Dr. Lewis believes that many churches are taking the “wide road” in their approach, at a pivotal time when we need them to stand firmly on the Word of God. Being popular is not our motive; standing on the Word of God is rather our calling.

Dr. Lewis has traveled this great land ministering in music and preaching. A gifted preacher, he holds a BA in Religion, a Masters in Theology, and a Doctorate in Theology. He has preached in over 150 revival meetings across the country, pastored several churches. He has also had several daily radio programs, and some television shows preaching and various interviews.

In For What It’s Worth, Dr. Lewis examines the church and its effectiveness in a world that is aggressively rejecting our message. Should we change our message to attract a lost world, or should we stay faithful and true to the Word of God? Many have changed the message to accommodate a sinful world, but For What It’s Worth makes the case for remaining Biblically sound.

A book all Christians will want to read, For What It’s Worth is now available globally.

Jesus Global Youth Day

For Immediate Release
Diane Morrow
Jesus Global Youth Day

Inaugural Gathering Aims to Shape the Trajectory of Christianity for the Next Generation

Manila, Philippines – Research continues to suggest that there is an ever-widening gap between the Church and today’s youth. With an exponentially rapid rate of change underway, young people are submerged in a tidal wave of technology and moral revolution sure to make the smart phone and social media craze of today appear as a mud puddle in comparison. As a result, many leaders have grave concern over the growing competition for the hearts and minds of young people and are finding it increasingly difficult to reach the younger generation for Christ.

Sensing that it is time for significant change, steering committees in 45 nations have come together to create and facilitate Jesus Global Youth Day (JGYD), August 8-10, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines, and coinciding with the United Nations International Youth Day. A number of denominational heads from around the world, along with international organizations such as Empowered 21, have also joined together to form a JGYD global advisory council aimed at uniting church leaders and encouraging them to focus on the next generation.

Bishop Ef Tendero, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance and co-chair of JGYD states, “We are gathering youth from all over the world to lift up the name of the Lord Jesus, to declare the commitment and the desire to follow Him all of their lives. We truly believe that this will be a historic event.”

JGYD 2019 will be streamed live to 1,000 locations, partnering with 10,000 churches with the potential of reaching up to one million Filipino youth alone. And for the very first time, on the night of August 10, another 100,000 churches filled with young people from all over the world will join a global broadcast that will unite millions of youth in the name of Christ.

The three life-changing days will include a Global Pastors Congress on the Next Generation, a Global Youth Leader Congress, and evening celebrations led by internationally acclaimed speakers, worship bands, and artists. The global broadcast finale on Saturday evening is designed not only for Christian young people but will also target non-Christian youth as well with a fresh, relatable presentation of the Gospel that will enable them to stand firm amidst today’s deceptive culture.

“We are not out to reinvent the wheel,” states Ron Luce, co-chairman and director of JGYD and president of Generation Next. “We are gathering some of the leading minds who have already proven to be effective and asking them to share best practices with those in attendance. We are simply acting as curators of what they have already learned. In doing so, we hope to encourage other leaders with the success they have achieved in spite of the cultural challenges they face. Christianity is losing ground worldwide, so it is vital that the Church remains relevant and exponentially effective in reaching our youth. We must ride the crest of the wave, or we will be crushed by it. We believe that JGYD will be instrumental in achieving that goal.”

Church leaders are also invited to bring their young people a week early, July 31- August 7, for a mission and outreach experience in the Greater Manila Area where youth from all around the world will live out their faith by sharing the good news about Christ with Filipino youth and children. Churches and organizations in the Greater Manila Area will host these groups and lead them in the one-week outreach effort. Churches outside Metro Manila and elsewhere in the world may design and host their own youth conference in their own community and will be provided with sample programs, activities, and JGYD materials such as event logos and brochures.

It is important to note that the vision of JGYD extends far beyond the August event. Their goal is to not only learn over their 3 days together, but to create a global network of church leaders that are committed to reaching and discipling the next generation and extending the kingdom of God globally through their united efforts.

Bishop Tendero and Ron Luce are available for interviews and media appearances.

Watch Jesus Global Youth Day Shout Outs at https://youtu.be/ZhWjw2jGzy8

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