The church needs the millennial hunger for authenticity, innovation, and social change.
There is an amazing opportunity to learn and grow from the inspiring individuals that are coming into adulthood. (And just take a look at the generation coming up behind them – another compassionate, articulate, energetic group who want to save the world!)
Millennials don’t have the loyalty to institutions that previous generations do. They don’t want to go to church for the sake of going to church. Much has been written about how millennials are the least religious generation in at least 60 years, but my experiences confirm that there is a robust thirst for spirituality and community.
Millennials are seeking meaningful experiences that connect them to God, themselves, and one another, and help them live their lives with more meaning and purpose.
And the church can be that place. I’ll go so far as to say the church needs to be that place if it wants to continue to be relevant and significant in the future. But it’ll never get there unless it is shaped by the people who aren’t there yet.
So many churches operate like country clubs: membership, familiarity, polished look, nice amenities, a good spot to put the kids for a while so you can have a break, the strings that come with donations and contributions. I can see the good intentions behind all of these things, don’t get me wrong.
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