But we know this. Students have always longed to experience transcendence. This is why they have gotten caught up into wonderful movements throughout history. The early church was primarily made up of youth, the Jesus movement of the 70's, and in the civil rights movement had a large group all over the country made up of young passionate marchers and protestors.
But not all movements are equal and students' longing for transcendence has also gotten them caught up into horrible things as well. Hitler focused on students and had thousands of young converts and followers to his Nazi party.
But here's the good news about the good news = it's a movement. It's a calling to a beautiful new way that brings hope and healing and love into the dark and marginalized and broken spaces of the world. Its a calling to live an empowered life by Jesus' Spirit - being his hands, feet, words, and listening ears to a world desperate for the news of Jesus to actually be lived out. How can we move our ministries back to the heart of the early church movement? How can we get out of the class room (youth room) and actually get back to what Jesus calls us to? This is the heart and passionate mission of Generation514. We are longing to see students rise up and actually become doers of the word, not just hearers only. We long to see them take their place and do the work of reclamation and redemption - reclaiming and redeeming the arts, business, technology, politics, law, education, science and dare I say, churches... living a new way in a world that is desperate for people to actually live the words of Jesus in their world. If Hitler can begin a movement which was fueled by hate and nationalism, then why not start a movement for the world that is fueled by the indwelling Spirit of God and empowered by Christ himself?