William Strauss and Neil Howe developed the "Generational Theory" which posits that the world goes through generational cycles. They break those generations into four groups; the prophets, the nomads, the heros and the artists. My generation (born 1982-2004) is a hero generation and it is this generation that will shoulder the bulk of the missions calling in the Fourth Wave missions era. These are the ones who typically fill a YWAM DTS class right now and these are the ones who will have to answer the call for a new student volunteer movement. I believe this not just coincidence, but providence. It was the last hero generation that stormed the beaches of Normandy, but the challenges facing this current hero generation will probably make WWII pale in comparison. With the Fourth Wave of missions upon us, for the first time in human history the Great Commission could be completed in this generation. In fact, it could be completed within the next 20 years or less if actual global missions involvement follows the predictions extrapolated from historical missions data. The only question is will the church step up to the challenge? The words of Mordechai to Esther seem particularly fitting for this generation: "And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?" God has put on my heart a desire to lead my hero generation into the frontlines of missions, which will require every bit of strength, courage and sacrifice that was asked of the last hero generation- and more. Are we ready?
The Hero Generation
Updated: Nov 3, 2019