Seven good reasons to get involved in a church – millennial edition
7. Learn new music, sing great songs
6. Enjoy real community
5. Get to know people not your age (hold a baby, chat with a senior citizen, hang out with a tween, learn from newlyweds)
4. Use your skills (music, technology, landscaping, teaching, art, drama, sports, coffee, social advocacy, finance … just about every church needs people who know these things)
3. Call out and be called out – not always easy but always beneficial
2. Pray – find out how to talk to the God of the universe, the God who knows your name, the God who loves the sound of your voice
1. Discover God – find out what it’s like to be connected to the most powerful, good and awesome person you will ever meet
Yes, some of this can happen outside of church. But the whole package is the real deal. Try it.
Are you a millennial who is sick of churches trying to attract you with rock bands and coffee bars, tattooed pastors and greeters with nose rings? Had enough of church people who seem to want to impress you with how hip and cool they are? Tired of a watered-down, soft-sell gospel?
If so, you as a millennial might need to take some steps to show those people what you really want and need. Seek out churches where people teach and trust and follow the Bible. (By the way, not all churches with rock bands and tattooed pastors are watered down and soft-sell. But you’ll have to dive in to find out.) Get into conversations with people in those churches about what is important to you – doctrine, scripture, truth. Demonstrate your seriousness about spiritual reality by getting involved in a prayer ministry or a Bible study. Ask hard questions. Don’t accept pat answers. Show the church you are grown up. You might be doing everyone a favor!
The church needs millennials and millennials need the church. Here are some honest ideas on reaching millennials from Entrust’s own Katie Hoffman.
“We crave substance. We can see right through the fancy coffee shops and flashy light shows some churches use to “attract” our age group. Sadly, many Christians are afraid of “offending.” We end up without the truth, when all we want is something real—like friendship!
“Many of us are struggling to survive financially. A lot of us hold several jobs, especially since we can’t count on social security being there for us. When I worked Saturday nights until 12, it was hard to get to church in the morning. I also worked Sunday afternoons, which made it hard to want to go to morning church. It would be great if churches could offer morning and evening services so we don’t have to miss out if we work weekends.
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by David Goodman
In fact, it was never designed to be.
Perhaps we should post signs warning you to put on your hard hat … maybe even some body armor … when you walk in the front door. You’re entering a construction zone, where, instead of bricklayers and electricians, each worker is charged with shaping and being shaped by other workers. Every church member is unfinished, just like you. Don’t expect otherwise. Scripture is clear—none of us will be finished in our own lifetime.
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