What millennials need from a church

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[vimeo id="110518175"] I love ministry leadership. There’s so much to learn and so many opportunities to influence people’s lives. I’ve always believed in developing the next generation. Lately, I’ve read a lot about Millennials and one thing is certain about them – they want a lot out of life. Justin Lathrop wrote a blog that I thought was very insightful. He highlighted 4 ideas about Millenials that I think all ministry leaders should hear.

Here they are:

First, Millennials want realism about the state of the world. Let’s be real, young people aren’t as unaware of the world’s problems as they used to be. With the availability of news, articles and information, Millenials are very aware of the state of the world. In fact many get their news from independent resources and most don’t even trust the mainstream media. They want real answers. They care about the hurt in the world and if your church isn’t addressing those things, Millennials won’t stay for long.

Second, Millenials are looking for a safe place to work through real issues. They want someone to understand them and to give them grace as they work through their problems, which can be hard for some people. Many have been hurt by the church simply because real issues that are prevalent in our culture are ignored. Ministry leaders must deal with what is relevant, and offer genuine discussion about the biblical response to these struggles.

Third, Millenials want the truth. This is true for not just them, but for many others as well. They don’t need anyone to sugarcoat anything, they want to be told the whole truth and they want to process through it. They want to know why they believe something. In other words they need to own the truth and it needs to become real to them.

Fourth, they’re passionate about social activism. Is your church backing any major social movements? Are you supporting nonprofits that are doing good things for people around the world? Millennials are becoming more and more active in the social issues of the world, and they want a church that cares about those issues, too. They don’t want a church that shies away from the controversial, the tough, or the dirty. They want to face it head on and make a difference. So I challenge you to seek out a good cause or an organization and start supporting them financially. Or send volunteers to work with them. The point is, support causes that are not just new building projects on your property, but solve world problems.

Thanks for checking out my blog today. I hope I’ve encouraged you today and challenged you to think outside the box. Let me know if you have any follow up thoughts, I’d love to hear from you. Have a great day!