Martin outlines four points to ponder:
- Develop younger lay and ordained leaders with an emphasis on reaching younger generations of unchurched people.
- Start new congregations using proven innovative methods to reach newer and younger communities for the Church.
- Intentionally identify 10 to 20 percent of congregations that demonstrate a readiness for revitalization and give them the leadership and tools to accomplish this.
- Enact a plan to reach different ethnic populations, especially Latinos in the U.S.
There are all sorts of variations on the first of these, of course. For example the issue about younger leaders to reach younger generations might be a limited version of a larger idea: That a profoundly resurrection oriented faith requires leaders who are both incarnational and nimble. What we want are leaders who die to the old self and rise to the new, dragging the rest of us along. It may be that young leaders are more available to such a task, but I've seen the frozen young as well as the deadened old. I'll take quickening where ever I can find it.
Items 2 and 3 are just plain good sense. Item 4 is about mission to real "lumps" of people who have a sense of community, not imaginary statistical or social constructs.
We could add others, of course, but Martin has given us a good start. And, as he notes, it is work that is local even if the strategies and the determination can be more widely taught, held and lifted up.
I hope some of these strategies can make it into discussion at the next General Convention and widely on diocesan levels.